Attorney General’s Office Warns of Sweetheart Scams as Valentine’s Day Approaches

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of online dating scams that have already caused four victims in Campbell, Jefferson, and Wayne counties to report losses of nearly $300,000 this year. In each case, a “sweetheart scammer” used legitimate online dating websites Match.com and eHarmony to lure victims into a fake online relationship, then duped them into sending thousands of dollars. Red flags of a Sweetheart Scammer include asking you leave the official dating or social media site and communicate directly via text, email, or online chats; falls in love or befriends quickly; says they are not able to meet in person; and requests money sent using untraceable methods of payment with the promise to pay it back when you meet.

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