Breaking the Bank One Heart at a Time



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Con Artists Using Online Dating Services to Scam the Unsuspecting ANCHOR LEAD: With online dating becoming more popular, scammers are not only breaking some hearts, they're also breaking the bank. Brian Osuch has more on how you can keep your money safe as you look for love online. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. First they steal your heart… and then they steal your money. Romance scammers on the Internet are robbing Americans of more than 80-million dollars per year. Amy Nofziger is director with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and says there are some red flags to look out for if you use online dating sites. CUT: (Nofziger) If your online suitor's emails have many misspellings and poor grammar, that's a red flag. Also, they'll make excuses about why they can't talk to you over the phone. And finally the big red flag is they do request money from you. SCRIPT: Nofziger says scammers fall in love fast and expect you to do they same… then they ask for money. She says there is one trick to help catch these heart bandits. CUT: (Nofziger) Take their photo – that they have in their profile – and put it into Google image search. You can see if that photo is anywhere else online. We do know that scammers will steal photos from modeling agencies. SCRIPT: For more information, including email alerts containing common frauds affecting your community, go to AARP.org/FraudWatchNetwork. I'm Brian Osuch.
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