Seniors Should Beware of Online Romance Scam

Published : Friday, February 8, 2019 | 9:06 AM

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.
For a printable version of this fraud alert, click here.
Deputy District Attorney Belle Chen explains how the scam works in this video.
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