We got this message from a woman named "Candy Cane":
hello there i am a young mother who has found that i can no longer take care of my baby girl and need help to find her a good home the only thing is she is 11 months old if you think you can help and if you would like maybe we can talk about me giving you a new baby as well email me back thank you and god blessWe don't even bother to respond to these types of messages anymore. At first glance the first part doesn't seem so bad, until you get to the end and see that not only can she make your dream of being a parent come true right now with no waiting, but don't put that checkbook away there's more! We can talk about another new baby as well. Now I don't know if she just wants money or just to get people's hopes up, but we've seen this email about 20 times between both adoptions. Think the "Nigerian Lottery" scam is annoying in your inbox? We've gotten emails from Nigeria where they just change the words "lottery winnings" to "newborn baby". We passed on helping two sets of orphaned twins get out of Russia with "little to no paperwork or hassle".
We have spoken to a few people we think are legit; they didn't work out. We are speaking to someone now, but it doesn't seem like it's really going anywhere. That's OK. When it happens it will happen. If it doesn't, well we'll get through that as well.
Scammers are sometimes pretty good at what they do, and I've heard stories of people getting strung out by them for weeks or months. In one case I know of they actually met and only found out later the woman was not even pregnant. You have to be able to keep your guard up, and your heart locked away.
I think, just as the last time, when we connect with someone we'll know it's right somehow. We'll know because we'll build a relationship, foster a committment, and if all goes right, expand our family and hers. And we won't need to go to Nigeria or Russia.
Just in case Russia is an option