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New "Sweetheart Scam" targeting dating website users

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The new "Sweetheart Scam" has been showing up on dating websites. (Source: MGN) The new "Sweetheart Scam" has been showing up on dating websites. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A new scam is sweeping the internet.

With the growth of dating websites, new dangers also arise. This one is being called the "Sweetheart Scam." The scammer asks their victim for money through the dating site.

The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama reports an increase in people coming forward. They say it's dangerous when you really don't know much about the person you're dealing with, and there are definite red flags to look out for.

 "When they're wanting to know more about you." Belinda McCormick of the Better Business Bureau said.  "Subtle questions about your income and your lifestyle. Do you own your own home, own your own car? It's easy conversation, but they're really getting a profile of you."

In one local case, the scammer sent an alleged five million dollar contract he had supposedly signed for an oil deal, but still asked the woman for $1,500. It didn't add up, and thankfully she didn't pay it.

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