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SOURCE AARP Illinois
AARP Fraud Watch Network Alerts Consumers about Ongoing Valentine's Day Scams
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Americans of all ages going online to find a perfect partner – one in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile app, according to Pew Research – Internet dating is a huge business, especially around Valentine's Day; but it also involves risks of being conned. Romance cons cost an average loss of more than $10,000 per victim. Scammers know how to make a connection – consumers need to know how to protect themselves.
"A scammer starts by gaining your trust -- then they start asking for personal information or for money," said AARP Illinois Associate State Director Terri Worman. "You end up with a broken heart, and an empty bank account. But there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself, and your money."
Recognize the signs
You can also sign up to AARP's Fraud Watch Network and receive alerts about cons and scams going on in your own state. For additional information and resources, follow Terri Worman's and Sid Kirchheimer's AARP blogs on frauds, scams, and consumer protections.
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