Cupid may not live on the internet

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Keep your purses locked!

Recently I met with a client and she was all atwitter over the status of her love life and her new beau.  She couldn’t wait to tell me that her life had completely changed and she’d met the man of her dreams… all in the course of two weeks.

So I asked, “Is he handsome?  Is he a businessman?  Is he interested in everything you’re interested in?”

She turned to me shocked and said, “have you met him before?!”

Yes, I have.  I met him when I was a federal prosecutor and he was running a boiler room scam making hundreds of phone calls selling penny stocks.  He may wear a new hat these days, where he lurks behind a computer screen and lies in wait for the people he called “suckers” back in the 80s.

I dug a little bit deeper with my client and asked her if her new beloved had asked her for some money – just until they met – to defray some of the travel costs for when they could finally be together.  I knew from the slump in her shoulders that he had.  It was then that she knew what I had picked up on.

The love of her life, the man of her dreams was just another internet con man looking to score some quick pocket change.  Had he been able to bilk her a little longer, he could’ve walked away with her life savings.  Thankfully, we caught the situation before any money changed hands and my client realized that she hadn’t done her research.  She had just counted on love.

I fear she will become involved in another one of these situations in the not too distant future, but I don’t think she’ll tell me about it.  No one wants to hear bad news or be made to feel like a fool, so she likely won’t share with me.  Love on the internet?  For me, the jury is still out.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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