Shelby Wagner, of Sturgis, is brave. She has openly talked about internet romance scams because she was a victim.

“I was scammed in 2017 and I was so upset and humiliated I decided to write a book, ‘Learning to Dance in the Rain,’” Wagner said.

It covers three topics grief, internet dating and romance scams. They are not as disconnected as they might seem at first glance.

After losing her husband of 50 years, Wagner dipped her toe into internet dating because she was lonely.

Internet dating was great at first, Wagner said, but turned into a nightmare when she fell under the spell of a serial scammer.

Wagner writes about how skilled scammers are at their craft. 

Like all abusive relationships it starts out great with declarations of love. Wagner says it is intoxicating when a phone dings, indicating a message. 

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