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Heartbreaking scams in MN

Romance scams are one of the many Internet schemes that target individuals all over the world. Scammers use dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites, looking for the "perfect victim."

They target singles of any age and in any locale, creating fake profiles designed to woo singles and convince them to hand over money.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota warns that while all demographic groups are susceptible to these schemes, criminals tend to focus on people who are over the age of 40, divorced or widowed, as well as elderly and the disabled.

In some cases, scammers will send their victims flowers and gifts while using stories of personal tragedy, injury, and other hardships to earn trust and sympathy. Common signs you might be dealing with a scammer include: emails containing poor grammar, misspelled words and requests for money.

If an email or message you are sent through a dating service or online chat room contains any of these things, you may be dealing with someone intent on defrauding you.

Consider using an established dating service. Check out their record first at