FROM ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
DEAR ABBY by Abigail Van Buren
SON FEARS FATHER MAY BE VICTIM OF ONLINE SCAMS
DEAR ABBY: My parents separated nearly 20 years ago. My father, who is retired, has been living alone for many years. I suspect he gets scammed for money on the internet. I know for sure it has happened twice. I have talked to him about it more than once. He routinely forwards me emails to check if they are legitimate. However, I think he falls for romance scams and is too embarrassed to tell me about it. He isn’t going to be unable to pay his bills or go into debt, but I’m still concerned. Should I do more, even though it may be very uncomfortable for us both? — CONCERNED SON IN NOVA SCOTIA
DEAR SON: If you think your father has fallen for romance scams in the past, you should have more discussions with him about how prevalent they are and what to watch out for. Do not personalize it if you think it might embarrass him, but do mention the danger of sending money to someone he might know only online. Do some research. If you think this is what may be happening, forward your findings to him after the discussion.
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