The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warns of a new scam that targets people who are trying to adopt children. Identity thieves attempt to collect personal information and funds from people by posting online ads for adoptions, such as “Baby Needs A Home.” The operators of the site are fraudsters say that they have an overseas orphaned child in need of adoption, and ask victims to send applications.
The fraudsters claim they aren’t affiliated with an adoption agency because no such agencies exist in their area. They instruct victims to send pictures of their family and to complete forms that required personal information, such as Social Security Number and their mother’s maiden name. Fraudsters sent the victims a birth certificate and pictures of a child. They also ask victims to send hundreds of dollars via money order, credit card, or wire transfer to a bank account for legal fees, claiming they will “ship” the child upon receipt of the funds.
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