We believe we were recently victims of an adoption scam. An emotional scam, to be exact. We still don’t have proof of fraud at this point, which is why I stated it’s a possible scam in the title. I want to be cautious to not slander the woman on the other end as I share our story. However, we have a lot of evidence that fraud was involved, and we are praying for justice to be brought.
I never thought we would fall prey to something like this. We have been in the adoption process for almost four years. We knew to look for scams and had been contacted by some pretty obvious ones throughout our time waiting for a child. You know the ones I’m talking about. Emails from Africa, in broken English, telling you all about a baby who needs a mom and a dad. Wire them a large sum of money and you can be the new parents!
No. Just no.
This one was tricky though. It wasn’t like the others. Emotional scams feed off the attention and sympathy of prospective adoptive parents. Often times it’s about control and power. There may or may not be a financial need involved. In our case, money was never asked for, which made it more difficult to spot. My desire is to send off a warning shot to those who may be vulnerable to something like this.