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Romance Scams Target People Looking For Relationships Online

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The attorney general is warning Ohioans about an escalating scam that targets victims with phony romantic relationships. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine fears that these so-called romance scams could be on the rise on Valentine’s Day. He says people will create bogus accounts on Facebook and dating websites, draw a person in by pretending they have similar interests, then ask for money.

“It plays on emotion. It plays on desire to meet someone who’s really nice and who can be a companion for them and who they can date.”

DeWine says these scammers usually pose as people who are out of the country such as an oil driller or a member of the military. Then they ask for the target to send money through wire transfer.

A big tipoff, according to DeWine, is if the person refuses to meet face to face.

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