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Sean Mc Cabe, Courtesy Colorado Attorney General Tracy Vasseur and her mother posed on dating websites as U. Mother Karen was sentenced to 12 years in state prison; daughter Tracy (above) received a 15-year sentence.
Romance scammers cruise online dating websites, posting hundreds of messages a day.
People 65 and older are prized targets because of Medicare benefits.
Perhaps the worst are "woodchucks." They might initially trim trees or clean gutters, but they continue to recommend more repairs until you're bled dry by them or their "specialist" buddies. Cherry of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft stemming from his role in a ring that scammed 0,000 from at least 218 Pennsylvanians who were sold bogus contracts for non-medical home care as a substitute for long-term health care insurance, prosecutors said.He was arrested at a home where law enforcement says he was going to make an 11th fraudulent fix.Unscrupulous contractors arrive unexpected at your front door, claiming to have noticed necessary repairs while driving by.After weeks of cyber sweet talk tailored to potential victims' responses, schemers inevitably request money — typically via wire transfer — saying they need it for a plane ticket to come visit or to deal with some personal emergency.
See also: Proceed with caution — online dating tips These cons cost American women 50 and older at least million in 2012 — two-thirds of all the money lost in romance scams. The average financial loss from these schemes is more than ,000 per person.The come-on may be an offer of free medical supplies, a threat of losing Medicare coverage or a promise of better sex with low-cost Viagra.