Avoiding Adoption Fraud

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It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to exploit those who are looking to grow their family through adoption. Unfortunately adoption fraud and adoption scams and are very real. Sometimes these are done for money, while some are just to exploit emotions. No matter what the motivation, they are painful and can be devastating both emotionally and financially. When you put yourself out there for people to find, you also become vulnerable and can possibly become the target of an adoption scam.

How do you avoid adoption scams?

There are a number of simple ways that you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim of an adoption scam.

One of the best things that you can do if you have your own adoption website or blog, is to have some sort of website tracker running on it. There is a great free tracker offered from Site Meter. A good website tracker will allow you to see where your site visitors are coming from. There are currently a number of adoption scams coming out of Cameroon. The the US Embassy even has a warning about Cameroon adoption scams on their website. With a website tracker, you can check and see where your site visitors come from each day. This is a great tool to check when you receive an email about a potential adoption situation. If you get news of an adoption situation that seems a bit odd, or too good to be true, you can check your website tracker, and if someone from Cameroon was on your website at the time the email was sent to you, then you likely have received an adoption scam email.

A very quick and easy thing to do is to simply Google the email address and/or name of the person who has contacted you. Sometimes you will find results that point to previous adoption scams, or other types of money making activities online. It’s best to run your search through a few different search engines as each may have slightly different results.

It is also important to utilize your adoption attorney and/or adoption agency. Agencies and attorneys have been through countless adoption experiences, and may be able to spot red flags that are not quite as obvious to you. An attorney or agency may even recognize a certain name or adoption scenario as a scam that they have seen before. Often times an adoption scammer will not want to speak with an agency or attorney, and when faced with doing so, may take their scam elsewhere. There are however adoption scammers who will try to work their scam on agencies and attorneys, so due diligence is still important.

There are many great websites and forums that help educate others about adoption scams. There are even message boards with data bases of known adoption scams. It is certainly worth spending some time on these websites, learning all you can in hopes of avoiding a potential adoption scam. A helpful website is:

AdoptionScams.net

It may be impossible to avoid adoption scams completely, but with a little time, effort and education, you can help prepare yourself to spot potential adoption scams and possibly avoid falling prey to one.

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Christi Johnstone is a busy mom to two high energy daughters. Completing her family through a domestic adoption in 2010, she is passionate about open adoption and helping others along their adoption journey. A former marriage and family therapist, Christi is now is a work at home mom who tries each day to keep her gifted daughter challenged at school, convince her infant daughter that solids aren’t so bad and attempts to keep track of where she puts her keys and iPhone. Christi finds that a sense of humor is one of her most valuable parenting tools, and she aims to make it through each day with it intact.

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Visit Christi’s website for adoption advice, resources, news and more: http://www.afamilytoadopt.com/blog

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