Fraud Alerts/PSAs

February 8, 2019: Seniors Should Beware of Online Romance Scam

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Seniors looking for love should be careful of fraudsters out to steal their savings through various ruses.

In the Online Romance Scam, thieves create a fake online dating profile to lure victims. Once a relationship develops and the crooks gain victims’ trust, they request money to pay for a supposed unexpected bill, emergency surgery or unforeseen trip.

Unsuspecting seniors send cash only to never hear from the person again.

TIPS:

  • If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are.
  • Never give out your Social Security number or financial information.
  • Never send money to anyone you meet online.

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