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Online Dating Scams on the Rise in Ohio, AG DeWine Says

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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If you are looking for love online, Ohio’s Attorney General has one word for you – beware.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is seeing an increase in the number of Ohioans who are being scammed online by people who pretend to want a relationship but really just want money.

“We’re averaging, last year I think we had 50 complaints, and it’s going up,” DeWine said. “And what we don’t know is how many people lose money and never complain to us. So we can multiply that 50 by many, I’m sure. And these are people who just lose money and they never—they are so ashamed or they’re humiliated that they won’t ever tell anybody.”

DeWine says of the complaints filed last year, the average reported loss was more than $25,000 with the highest reported loss at $600,000. The scammers usually claim to need the money for some sort of family emergency.

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