FBI warns of web-based romance scams towards elderly

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DALLAS (KETK) – Fraud against the senior population has continued to grow as the United States closes in on the second year of living in a global pandemic.

Each year, millions of older Americans are at risk of being swindled out of millions of dollars if they become targets of scams.

Criminals will take advantage of the loneliness and isolation in the senior population to conduct targeted crime sprees.

“It’s a rising crime. We are seeing more and more 30 to 40 cases a month just in fraud-related schemes involving elderly,” said James Freeman, sergeant, Tyler Police Department

The FBI Dallas and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas will be releasing a new public service announcement to help spot and stop scams that affect seniors.

In June 2021, the…

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