A post by K.B. Beaumaarks
I am an educated professional with an upper level income. My scams occurred not with an outsider but a partner.... yep, first with my ex-husband who was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine then to a boyfriend who was a Police Officer. Two professions that were "trustworthy professions" I was blinded by the scammers that they were. My point is to trust your gut no matter who the person is. If it feels wrong.... chances are it is wrong.
My point is to trust your gut no matter who the person is. If it feels wrong.... chances are it is wrong.
I had met my first husband as a client with the many rescue dogs I had.
Started a whirlwind romance (not knowing he wasn't divorced yet) and eventually marrying him. We built a very successful practice together and when it came down to whose name everything went in, he convinced me to put it all in his corporation name stating I was not allowed because I was not a doctor..... meanwhile he stockpiled and hid money from me.
He asked me to sign so many papers regarding corporate taxes etc and I trusted him. He was my husband. Our accountant was our friend. Long story short, eventually I caught him embezzling our life savings and planning on running away to an island without me.
Once I discovered this, I let the courts take over. How could a spouse do this to me. We were married.......
My Second Husband
When I met my second husband, he was a charming police officer who stated he had made lots of money working for an additional company outside his police job.
He lived in a beautiful expensive home. He was a veteran of the police force for over 23 years and appeared to be well respected. I had made quite a bit of money after my divorce in real estate investments and lived in a nice home. I began to develop a relationship with him and felt very comfortable with him. He was a respected police officer. A law enforcing professional of 23 years.
He had asked to borrow money because he had gotten into a cash flow problem but had a real estate deal worth a million dollars. He presented me with a contract, I showed it to a real estate agent friend of mine and she said it was a legitimate contract. I felt comfortable knowing he paid $200,000.00 for the property and was reselling it to a Physician in the area who was very well known and very financially set.
He had a contract on the land for over a million dollars. He said to write him a check for the paper trail and write in the memo that it was a personal loan to him so I had evidence that it was a loan not a gift. Long story short, the contract fell apart but eventually sold for less but still doubled his money.
The police officer boyfriend basically said he was never going to pay me back and good luck trying to collect because he knew every judge in the county etc.
I sued him and he filed for bankruptcy after blowing every dollar he had made on the land deal. I trusted both my doctor husband and boyfriend police officer. Just because someone appears to be financially set or has a certain title, please research and follow your gut instincts or it could be financially fatal.
Con artists and scammers come in all professions and backgrounds. Do not be naive - trust your gut!
I am 52 and considered to be of the baby boomer generation. We were raised in a world without the internet, taught to respect our elders and certain professions were considered very trustworthy. Examples are doctors, teachers, police officers etc.... we were raised that these are people we could trust no matter what and for the most part this was absolutely true.
Generally, the geriatric or elderly community were the ones that were scammed by door to door salespersons or telephone scammers. Today people believe the less educated, the lower income, elderly community are the ones prone to scammers. This is absolutely not true according to The Better Business Bureau.
People today believe what they read on the internet, they impulse shop, they receive emails and phone calls about tax issues or debt collectors and we fall for it believing oh if its on the internet, it must be true.
I have written a book called The Preah Secrets and it deals with my veterinary husband and how I discovered his heist and how I followed my gut to eventually discover his intentions of deceit. I prepared and eventually sought justice for myself. I hope the book inspires others to follow their instincts and remember, scams can happen to anyone by anyone.
Go to http://kbbeaumaaks.com/index.php for further insight and to buy the book.