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By Sam Shumway
State director of AARP Wyoming 

Internet romance scams common for seniors


February 20, 2019

Whether celebrating a relationship or longing for something more, Valentine’s Day has a way of turning our heads and hearts to finding that special someone. In today’s world, it is perfectly acceptable to go looking through online dating sites, social media, and mobile apps in search of love. While these sites and apps can be a great place to meet people, it is important to recognize that not everyone is who they say they are online.

The FBI tells us that reports of romance scams have grown from around 5,000 in 2012 to nearly 15,000 in 2016 with reported losses of $220 million. Today th...

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