(FinancialHealth.net) – Scammers can ruin just about anything. They don’t care who they’re targeting, but it seems as though seniors are especially vulnerable. Apparently, mature adults can’t even date without worrying about some shyster trying to take advantage of them.
In November 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced five people were charged in an online dating scam that targeted seniors. The schemers got more than $2 million from their victims. It turns out catfishing (tricking someone they’re dating online) is one of the most common ways to steal a person’s money. So, how can older adults protect themselves?
- Don’t ever give money to someone over the internet.
- Do a background check on the person you’re dating. You don’t have to pay for it, just search their name on the Internet and make sure they are real.
- Look out for poor English in emails or messages on dating sites. That could indicate they’re an overseas scammer.
Dating Coach Lisa Copeland has other advice on how to avoid falling victim to a scam:
It’s important that you always look out for your own best interests. If the person you’re dating seems shady, go with your gut and do a little digging.
And remember, never, ever give them your personal financial information.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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