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How to spot an adoption scam

How to spot an adoption scam
Cost Of This Con Is Financial And Emotional
NEW YORK and CLOVER, S.C., Dec. 15, 2005

Every year, more than a million Americans try to adopt a child. Many face long waiting lists and lots of disappointment, and authorities say that makes them prime targets for scam artists who prey on their vulnerability.

CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. Mark and Kim Pendleton couldn't have a child of their own, so they decided to adopt.

"We already had a family with me and my wife," Mark says, "and we wanted to complete that." Adds Kim, "I was very excited, couldn't wait to be a mom."

Through an adoption Web site, they were matched with someone who appeared to be their ideal birth mother: Bobbie Jo Quarzenski, a single mom in Pennsylvania, pregnant with a baby girl.....

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