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I am new to the AARP community so please forgive me if I am repeating a topic that has previously been talked about.

I am in the process of going through a divorce. I am 64 years old and this is the end of my third marriage. Two ended in divorce one ended in death. This is the last emotional state that I want to be in at this point in my life.

My husband was catfished. I had no idea what that was and how long catfishing has been around until it happened to me.

My husband was approached by someone (for this forum we will say a woman) on FaceBook. He friended them. The picture of the person he friended was a picture (which is probably not them) of a young 20 something female. As soon as they started corresponding on FaceBook that person (probably a man) started asking him for money, using excuses such as (mother needed money for medication). When I overheard a phone conversation he was having with this person he confessed. He begged and pleaded and swore that he would never do it again. That lasted for maybe a week. He did it again, and again and again. $300, $1,300, $600. He gave them his ss#, his mother's maiden name, account numbers etc. They forwarded his mail without his knowledge. We closed credit card accounts several times, got the post master involved, went to counseling and he still kept getting scammed.

After 3 or 4 months of this I had enough and I filed for divorce. I thought he would be happy and this would give him his freedom to be with his 20 something person. Well that wasn't good enough he's trying to get every dime he can get from me (I think this 20 something person) is behind this. Because the more money he has the more they can take.

My husband was an executive and very intelligent but when they got their hooks in him they won't let up. I had to divorce him or else I would have been ruined financially. I understand from his daughter he is still being scammed.

I had no idea of this scam until it happened to me. Now I know this has been going on for years and it happens alot. They even have a tv show about it.

 

I'm curious, has anyone else had this terrible thing happy to them?

 

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