7 On Your Side
Relationship scammers take thousands from victims
There are a lot of people that get scammed by people who supposedly love them.
This is really sad. Authorities say each year people are scammed out of $50 million in so called "relationship scams".
A case in point -- a 70 year old woman who lost nearly $225,000 looking for love on an internet dating service. After six months of emails and phone calls, the man began asking for money up to $50,000 at a time for reasons ranging for medical issues to starting a purse business.
Family members finally realized what was going on and intervened. That family didn't want to talk, but another victim who fell for a similar scam sure does.
"He really played on my emotions because told me his wife died in a car accident and his son didn't have a mother, and how he really wanted to have a mother for his son," said Linda Trivisomo, a scam victim.
So far neither scammer has been caught. So be forewarned.
scam, 7 on your side, michael finney
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