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Dear Abby: Romance scammers prey on the lonely

DEAR ABBY: I was recently the target of a romance scam on a popular singles website. After being a divorcee for 15 years, I decided to try online dating. Minutes after I went online, someone asked to chat. After three weeks of chatting but only a short, garbled phone conversation, he asked for a favor. He was attending a jewelry show and needed me to send his diamond supplier money to pay for a shipment. All along I had kept my guard up, but his request confirmed for me that it was a scam.

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Dear Abby: Daughter’s debts are her problem

DEAR ABBY: Three years ago I gave my adult daughter, married with a child, more than $16,000 to help pay off her debts because she couldn’t pay her bills. Now I find she’s deep in debt again and needs more help. I’m 69, married and retired. We have some savings and I’d like to help her. However, I’m afraid if I take more money out of our savings, we may not have enough to cover an emergency or if either of us needs nursing home care. Do you see any solution to my problem?

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