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Valentine's Day time is a joyous time for many daters. But reminders abound at this time of year about the darker side of dating.

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Good advice to follow from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: "Research someone you meet online; don't rely only on what that person tells you. Perform Internet searches and consider getting a background check."

Here's a roundup of stories that spotlight dangers and key safety issues.

The victims and places change. But the same sweetheart scams keep on scoring and scarring. Why?

This New York Times story by Kate Murphy says the desire for connection and companionship makes people vulnerable. From the story:

Three people looking for love online found serious trouble recently in separate Florida, Connecticut and Wisconsin incidents.

Lots of action recently on the dating scam front. Here's some of the latest and lowest, leading off with some good news for the New Year.

Online dating disasters know no geographical boundaries, as this fun piece illustrates.

No need for concern about criminal convictions, bad debts or other revelations from public records when these cues from men in the United Kingdom will sound the alarms.

Useful tips here from the Better Business Bureau on spotting fake profiles and dating danger signs on Tinder.

Online sweetheart scam victims in Australia explain how they got bamboozled, but the stories, warnings and tips resonate for online daters everywhere.

A scammer who claimed to be a soldier in Afghanistan turned an online dating experience into a nightmare for a North Carolina woman.

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