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DETROIT – The Department of Homeland Security is sounding the alarm about romance scams targeting elderly Americans.

It’s asking all of us to get involved to protect our seniors. Romance scams can result in financial loss, identity theft and more.

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Romance scams are nothing new, but with new technology in our lives, there are many more ways for criminals to find victims. Homeland Security is urging everyone to talk to the seniors in their lives about these scams. It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but awareness is the first step to avoid getting ripped off.

Also, check on older loved ones who may be vulnerable. Ask if they’re talking to anyone online and warn seniors against sharing too much personal information on social media. Scammers will find details online and use them to get closer to potential victims.

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If they have any reason to send money to someone, get them to use a peer-to-peer app Venmo, Apple Pay or PayPal, rather than give out financial information.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has released several warnings and tips about romance scams. They can be read here. More information on avoiding and reporting scams can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website.

Consumer complaints can be filed online on the Attorney General’s website.

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