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Sweetheart swindles – Fraud
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. An impostor poses as the perfect suitor, lures a victim into a romance, then proceeds to loot his or her finances. And now, with the twist of modern technology, con artists are finding victims through online dating sites and apps. But not everyone manages to escape an online romance scam unscathed. What are some warning signs? Or once you've established an online relationship, the suitor gives multiple excuses to avoid meeting up.
Protect yourself from ‘sweetheart scams’ this Valentine’s Day
An insidious and heartless crime is perpetrated when a lothario-style con artist worms his way into the heart of a victim using romance as the hook rather than financial gain. These robbing Romeos scour church groups, social clubs and any other venue where financially well-off widows congregate. Some are just gigolos after gifts, support and the obligatory nookie, while others have a well- rehearsed plan to deplete the victim's financial reserves.
Last Updated: July 31, References. This article was co-authored by Maya Diamond, MA. She has 11 years of experience helping singles stuck in frustrating dating patterns find internal security, heal their past, and create healthy, loving, and lasting partnerships. There are 15 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 11, times.