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Online sweetheart scams are on the rise in Ohio
DeWine says many Ohioans are losing money to people online pretending to want a relationship.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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If you are looking for love online, Ohio’s Attorney General has one word for you: Beware.

Mike DeWine says his office is seeing an increase in the number of Ohioans who are being scammed online by people who pretend to want a relationship but really just want money.

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“Last year I think we had 50 complaints and it’s going up. What we don’t know is how many people lose money and never complain to us,” DeWine said. “So we can multiply that 50 by many I’m sure. And these are people who just lose money and they are so ashamed and humiliated that they won’t tell anybody.” 

DeWine says of the complaints filed last year, the average reported loss was more than $25,000 with the highest reported loss at $600,000.

The scammers usually claim to need the money for some sort of family emergency.

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