Tuesday, May 24, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Found: Sheltie/Terrier mix (maybe?), downtown Floresville, small, friendly, young dog. 830-393-8303 or 210-274-6884.
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound
Found: Small female dog, shaggy tan/white, wearing pink collar, off 97 E. and CR 402 area, Floresville, on May 18. 830-391-0137.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Highway Construction Company has opening for person with electrical experience to work on project in San Antonio area. Call 210-633-9268 or 830-216-7420. EOE.
Landscape Foreman Wanted, must have experience in masonry, irrigation, planting etc. Pay $12-$16 per hour. Call 210 494-6469 Hill Horticulture, Inc.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
TNMCRE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet home

Consumer Updates


Don't get burned by a summer romance scam




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Better Business Bureau
July 1, 2013 | 2,185 views | 2 comments

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Summer can be a hot time for romance. But Better Business Bureau warns consumers to be wary of logging on to an online romance scam.

The 2012 Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Internet Crime Report showed that 29 percent of the victims targeted with online dating scams were women 50 and older. These scams often involve the practice known as ‘catfishing.’ This is when someone assumes another persons’ identity and creates a fake online profile to engage in an online relationship. The term has made its presence in national news and also in a television documentary.

The ‘catfish’ is often looking for personal information and/or financial support. They put a lot of time and effort into building a fake persona and relationship with their victim(s).

According to the IC3, more than ten percent of all reported online financial losses involved romance scams; a financial loss for females of over $46,000 to males $9,000.

When considering an online dating service, BBB recommends you:

Research in advance. Check out the dating service online at bbb.org to review their history of complaints and reputation with consumers.

Select with integrity. Request in writing what guidelines the company follows in screening its applicants. For example, does the service conduct a criminal background check for each applicant?

Read the fine print. Specifically keep an extra eye for free trial offers and deals. Some require you to cancel before the trial offer ends in order to avoid recurring charges. Be sure the contract lists out payment plans, length of contract and refund and cancellation policies in case you are dissatisfied with the company’s service. For payment, use your credit card for extra protection.

Put safety first. Inquire about the company’s policy on disclosure of personal information. Avoid putting too much personal information on your profile, such as home address, work information and telephone number.

Inquire about cost. Make certain you understand the company’s pricing policies before agreeing to the terms of service. Find out if refunds are offered and what conditions determine the refund amount.

To avoid ‘catfishing’ scams, BBB suggests:

Read the signs. Be wary of profiles that lack photographs and information in the “About Me” section, as well as individuals who make the following claims: to have fallen instantly in love or to be from the U.S. and traveling or working overseas. Beware of those who prey on your emotions by claiming to be trapped in a foreign country or involved in an emergency, and needing you to wire them money. This is a red flag for a ‘catfishing’ scam.

Create a separate email. Only use this account for online dating. Not only is it an easy way to keep dating emails separate from personal and professional emails, it also keeps your primary email address private.

Speak on the phone/meet in person. It is easier to spot a fraud over the phone than online. If it’s possible, ask to meet in person and always in a safe, public place.

To check out a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.
 
‹ Previous Blog Entry
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 3, 2013 8:31am
 
A fool and his or her money soon part.

 
Faith Simmons  
July 2, 2013 11:25pm
 
Thank you for your insightful report on romance scam. Each and every warning about this insidious crime has the potential to save many innocent victims, and you can be sure that yours will as well. As a longtime anti-scam ... More ›

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Consumer Updates Archives


Drama Kids
WCN web hosting
OSO Construction
Abrego Lake
Custom Construction LLC
Sherwood Surveying
CASA
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Hoelschers home
Caraway Ford
John D. Foster home
RS Gate & Supply
Allstate & McBride RealtyHeavenly Touch homeTriple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld home

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.