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FBI Warns Of 'Sweetheart Scams' After Maryland Man Scammed Out Of $15K

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Montgomery County man says he was scammed out of about $15,000 from an online dating scam spanning five years.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Montgomery County man says he was scammed out of about $15,000 from an online dating scam spanning five years.

“I just don’t want anyone to feel what I felt, and what I obviously still feel,” the man, identified as “D”, told WJZ this week.

I would send pictures back… She was an art dealer—at least that’s what they told me. ”

“D”, a Montgomery County divorced father, met the person on a chatting app five years ago.

Eventually, the person with whom “D” was chatting started asking for money.

You know, $200 here, $300 there,” “D” said.

“D”’s bank questioned him and eventually, the FBI reached out.

“If you’re getting asked to provide bank accounts, if you’re being asked to send Western Union, bitcoin, these are huge red flags,” FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Reising said.

A lot of these victims are elderly. ”

Reising said before the COVID-19 pandemic, he would deal with about three of these “sweetheart scam” cases a day.

Now, it’s more like 10 cases a day, Reising said.

Yeah, it messed it up my bank accounts and took my money, but I guess in time it will sort itself out,” “D” said.

I’m still trying to build my credit back up. ”

Paul GesslerPaul comes to WJZ after a brief hiatus in the video production world.

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