Attorney General warns of ‘sweetheart scams’

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Submitted: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 8:37pm
Updated: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 2:33pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Love is easier to find than ever, with online dating sites and social media. But the Attorney General’s Office warns some cupids are aiming straight for your bank account.

These days, love is just a click away. But while your head is in the clouds, your online sweetie may be in your wallet.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office warns this Valentine’s Day of sweetheart scams.

It works like this: con artists on sites like Facebook, Christian Mingle and pretend to fall in love with lonely people. They gain their trust and tell them they have an emergency need for wired money, usually while traveling or working overseas.

The AG’s office heard from 25 victims of these sweetheart scams last year who combined lost more than $2 million. Investigators say one North Carolina woman lost more than $1 million to a man who “friended” her on Facebook.He conned his new love into sending money overseas with the promise of one day moving to North Carolina to marry her.

And we won’t soon forget the poster child of catfish traps, Manti Te’o. The Notre Dame linebacker says he was duped into an online relationship with a girl, who never existed.

All of this to say, if you get hooked online by the man or woman of your dreams, think twice before you start shelling out your cash.

If you think you’re a victim of an online dating scam, you can call the Attorney General’s Office.


  • Justin America says:

    If you send your money to someone you haven’t met you are an idiot. Someone will eventually take your money anyway.

  • Angewidert says:

    Shoot yourself, you’re too stupid to continue to live anyway

  • guesty says:

    They walk among us. And they vote. And usually breed.

  • Guest Reply says:


    BUT…as long as you are at it:

    Those of “you” that don’t think this can and will happen to you or ignoramus friends…send me $1,000 (each of you) to the “Bank of Popchip”…account # BR-549 in Liplock, Albania…and I will send you info on how to keep this from happening to you!!!!
    Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Remember…it is also COD…and not the fish :-)

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