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How Older Adults Can Stay Safe When Dating Online

Scam artists prowl for vulnerable seniors using dating websites.

The $2 billion online dating industry is an increasingly popular way to meet romantic partners, including for older adults. But while seniors can easily browse the many fish in the sea on virtual platforms, they are also more likely to run into predatory sharks - thieves who are out not for love, but for money.

Older adults in their 60s, 70s and beyond often face cognitive decline, which makes it more difficult for them to spot potential fraud. They're also sitting on nest eggs, an enticing target for thieves. AARP reports that Americans over the age of 50 own two-thirds of bank deposits in the country and control 70 percent of the nation's assets.

1. Bad grammar.
2. Never being able to meet up.
3. Professing love quickly.
4. Making the ask.

Before finding a love match online, you want to make sure you're communicating with a real person - no matter what age you are.

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