More than 100,000 children are adopted in the United States each year and an untold number of prospective parents are duped by con artists offering up make-believe babies during the adoption process.
They troll popular adoption websites; pass along phony ultrasound images; spin convincing sob stories; even pretend like they’re writhing in labor, only to vanish when their lies fall apart.
The newspaper produced a three-part podcast delving into the mystery surrounding a South Carolina woman who is said to be one of the most prolific adoption scammers lurking on the internet today. Listen to the podcasts at postandcourier.com/stealinghope/podcast.
Read The Post and Courier’s full investigation, “Stealing Hope,” at postandcourier.com/stealinghope.