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Those looking for love online are often easy targets for con artists | #scams | #elderlyscams


In the past year, Union County Deputy Sheriff Rich Crabtree has noticed an uptick in the number of people who have been conned in a romance scam. But what worries him even more than the increase is the use of one particular method by scammers: obituaries.

“People often say in obituaries that the couple was married, you know, 30 years, 40 years, 50 years and so you know the survivor’s going to be lost,” said Crabtree, a crime-prevention deputy in the department’s support-services division. “These scammers prey on loneliness and tell you what you want and need to hear.”

What’s commonly known as “sweetheart scams” are far from new. You’ve heard about them before, or maybe you someone you know has been a victim.



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