As seniors turn more to online dating and finding romance on dating websites they are also becoming more prevalent to getting scammed or mistreated.
“The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reports that in the last six months of 2014, people lost $82 million from so-called “romance scams” online. Women were the more frequent victims, making up 82 percent of those losses, although some of that gender imbalance may be due to the fact that women are more likely to report the crimes.
“Older people are more vulnerable and targeted more for frauds and scams. They may be more isolated and may have more financial means, so we do know scammers target older Americans,” says Amy Nofziger, an expert with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which is dedicated to raising awareness around scams to help people avoid becoming victims.”
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