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Resource ID: #23114
Subject: Adoption
Source: NBC News Dateline
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Date: 07/09/2006; 08/28/2006

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Through the experiences of a couple which arranged an adoption with a pregnant woman they met online, Dateline NBC examines how such an arrangement can easily be a scam. These situations are "unevenly regulated and potentially risky for all involved." In this case, the couple was "given false promises of a baby to adopt in exchange for hundreds of dollars that they believed were paying for the pregnant woman's rent and food." But through public records, it was found that the woman was using a false name, "and careful surveillance showed she was lying about many other critical aspects of her life." Also, "Dateline was able to determine that the same woman had also duped at least five other families." The woman was eventually charged with a felony.

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