Latvian police: Beware of Love

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In what must rank as one of the most Latvian interventions of the year so far, State Police chose February 14 to warn people about the numerous potential pitfalls of romantic entanglement.

Shattering the rose-tinted, soft-focus mood, police cautioned the public that Cupid's arrows may well have poison tips and champagne and chocolates might leave the bitter taste of ashes upon the lips.

Delivering a decidedly hardboiled take on romantic fiction, the tall, handsome and strangely alluring officers of the law outlined in detail the various ways in which online scammers prey on those seeking love. By fraudulent means, false lovers may be less "the One I've been looking for" than "the one they're looking for in connection with a fraud investigation".

Cold-hearted villains have no qualms about taking advantage of social media to extract cash from the lovelorn, and police urge caution in sharing personal details and other information online. Similarly, skepticism is required in the face of declarations of eternal love decreed by destiny as such an outpouring may be swiftly followed by a more mundane request for a cash transfer. With one thing leading to another, the bill for amour faux will likely increase exponentially said police, their eyes no doubt flashing seductively and a single ringlet tumbling playfully over their foreheads as they did so.

So the old-fashioned method of remaining an anonymous admirer who only sends a card once a year and spending the rest of the time pulling petals from flowers may not be such a bad thing, after all. Sigh...

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