It cites an FBI statistic that reports romance scams cost Americans more than million during the last six months of 2014."Individual scammers and highly organized groups attempt to steal hearts and wallets from online dating site users every day," said Doug Shadel, an AARP Fraud Watch Network expert."The sites don't yet do enough to protect their members from known scammers."AARP is asking dating sites to use algorithms to detect suspicious language patterns used by scammers, search for fake profiles and educate members on how to avoid romance scammers.Often older Australians have more money and accumulated wealth than younger people, making them an attractive target for a scammer.Scammers will also scour dating sites and social media for older Australians who have recently divorced or lost a long term partner, taking advantage of their inexperience with these sites and their often vulnerable emotional state.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.Older Australians may also be more susceptible to door-to-door and home maintenance scams.Older online dating customers are in danger of being scammed out of money by fake sweethearts, and AARP is calling for dating websites to do more about it.AARP's Fraud Watch Network wants the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect users.
Then the victims would receive contacts from these “gorgeous” people to express their interests.These scammers find an older woman on a dating site and establish a bond.Often, they persuade the victim to take the conversation off the site, thereby eluding any safeguards the dating site offers.February may be the month of hearts and flowers, but it's also prime time for financial cons, from imposter fraud to the "sweetheart scam." The reasons for the seasonal lift in these scams are simple enough.Many people, still keeping with their New Year's resolutions, are looking for love and are especially vulnerable to scammers.