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Maya Diamond is a Dating and Relationship Coach in Berkeley, CA.
She has 11 years of experience helping singles stuck in frustrating dating patterns find internal security, heal their past, and create healthy, loving, and lasting partnerships.
In these scams, fraudsters call or email and say they are from an agency like the IRS.
Many people, still keeping with their New Year's resolutions, are looking for love and are especially vulnerable to scammers.
Others are stuck at home during the winter months and are more likely to answer calls from financial fraudsters. Indeed, those over 65 are 34 percent more likely to have lost money on a financial scam than people in their 40s, according to research by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Investor Education Foundation.
And almost 1 in 20 elderly respondents in a large 2014 study of New York residents reported being financially exploited at some point in their later lifetime.
In addition, one estimate says only 1 in 44 financial fraud victims report what has happened, often out of embarrassment or fear that their children will want to take control of their finances.
"This is such an underreported crime," said Amy Nofziger of the AARP Fraud Watch Network.