"Sweetheart scams" is a way con artist are getting money out of online victims. The Ohio State Attorney General says that they develop an online relationship before asking for money.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has received about 70 complaints of such scams since October 2011. DeWine says the highest reported loss was $210,000.
The con artist in a typical sweetheart scam meets the victim online through a dating website or social networking site and communicates through email, instant message or phone. The scam mer later asks the victim to send money to help cover costs such as medical expenses.
The scammer often asks the victim to send money via wire transfer.
DeWine warns Ohioans not to send money to someone they meet online and to report suspected scams to his office.