The internet is amazing; there's no doubt about that. It gives us the power to reach out and instantly communicate with someone half a world away. We are able to make great friends from places all over the world, from your hometown, to many continents away. However, another thing the internet brings us is anonymity. Someone can talk to you and give you the impression that they are one person when in reality they are someone totally different.
You can easily be lied to and scammed online without much trouble. You might think that you have made a great friend, and in reality you could be talking to someone who is looking to scam you. Worse, you might be talking to someone who is dangerous. The truth is that this happens to good people every single day. Scammed and tricked by people who they thought were their friends. Unfortunately it's easy for these people to scam you because they think that there is no way you'll ever be able to find out who they are. However, you can. By simply visiting a criminal records site, you can type in a very small amount of information and find out who you are really talking to.
Even if the person you are communicating with online isn't using their real name, you can put in their e-mail address and find out who it belongs to. You can also be privy to information such as their court records, criminal and civil records, warrants, address, and much more. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you are not tricked or scammed by someone online. You should never give out any information that con-artists could use to compromise your identity or funds. This includes banking information, credit card numbers, social security numbers or other personal information.
This is especially true if you take advantage of online dating sites. While they are a great way to meet new people and find someone who is right for you, they are also a big attraction for scam artists. Many people have thought they had found the right person for them and communicated with this person for quite some time, only to be tricked. These people use the power of emotion and then blind side you with one scam or another. In fact, there are entire sites devoted to letting you know who the scammers are and what they look like; even examples of the letters they will send to you. The truth is that while this is helpful, they certainly can't get them all. Men and women all over the world have been scammed by people who were supposed to be their friends. If you want to be sure that the person you are talking to has never been arrested or accused for scams or anything else, simply visit one of the sites available and enter in their name or e-mail address. These days, it pays to protect yourself.