Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Learn how to avoid ‘sweetheart scams’ in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – A potential romantic partner makes contact with you through a social media site, online dating site or an online game such as Words with Friends.

Sound promising — but is it the setup for a scam?

Just in time for Valentines, find out how to avoid getting hooked by “Sweetheart Scams” with Officer Guadalupe Gonzales of the Asheboro Police Department, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 27, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The talk is free and the public is invited.

In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission reported that individuals lost over $143 million to romance scams. Gonzales will share some of the techniques that scammers use to ensnare the lovelorn as they lavish the target with attention but began sharing sad stories and requesting increasingly large amounts of money.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

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