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Soon, the scammer proclaims "love" and then explains a predicament they say they are in: They have lost their passport and can't get home unless someone can give the embassy money to process their new one, or they're on a business trip and their briefcase was stolen, or something similar. So they go online." She said she recently got a call from a woman who was swindled out of 0,000 in a sweetheart scam.
They tell the target they owe back taxes and provide an address for them to send money.In addition, one estimate says only 1 in 44 financial fraud victims report what has happened, often out of embarrassment or fear that their children will want to take control of their finances."This is such an underreported crime," said Amy Nofziger of the AARP Fraud Watch Network.Janey Peterson, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and lead author of the New York financial fraud study, said her mother has been a target of financial scammers multiple times in the past year.These scammers find an older woman on a dating site and establish a bond.
Often, they persuade the victim to take the conversation off the site, thereby eluding any safeguards the dating site offers.