A disturbing trend is when helping your girlfriend in Latin America turns into full blown blackmail. This typically happens in situations with a married man in the United States, who decides to break it off with a girl in the Dominican Republic. The girlfriend decides that since no additional money is forthcoming, it is now time to use all that personal information she has collected to threaten the marriage of the victim.
Blackmail works best when the girl has photographs and the married man in question has underage children. Divorces with child support and custody issues are especially nasty, and the blackmailers know it.
Photos of a middle aged, family man and his mocha colored, 25 year old sweetheart on the beach in Sosua can be especially damning evidence. Racy photos or video of the consummated extra marital act are especially traumatic.
Another popular scam in the Dominican Republic is the fake pregnancy. The law there allows a girl to charge a man with paternity with just flimsy witness testimony. Court cases have a way of dragging on, incurring costs and preventing the accused from leaving the country. In Costa Rica, the girls have less options, but that doesn’t stop them from trying, particularly when the target is clueless as to how he legal system works.
The best advice for married men is to not share personal information, use a false name with the girls and stay a million miles away from facebook. Setting up an “alternative” facebook account can be time consuming and more complicated than it seems. Also avoid sending money via the infamous Western Union RFM. These money transactions disclose real names, and the receipts are just more evidence.