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Elderly Love Scam

Elderly Love Scam
Elderly Love Scam

Gary Lutz is a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran with a wife of nearly 50 years. He thinks he is cheating on her with a gorgeous, much younger woman named Ruth. Gary tells Ruth again and again how much he loves her. In fact, he loves her so much, he sends her gift cards to pay for medical expenses, among other things.

In the past year, he’s drained his savings account of nearly $30,000 – much of it spent on those gift cards. Gary’s family knows who Ruth really is. She’s a scam artist, exploiting the old man’s romantic weakness to bilk him out of thousands. The trouble is – they can’t get him to admit it. For that reason, police won’t help. Nobody will.

Gary’s wife says she is a victim, too. She’s angry at her husband. She’s hurt. She’s also at a loss for what to do. How do you protect a person from an international scam when he refuses to admit he’s a victim?