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Ask Amy: Online meeting might lead to a trap

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I recently met a nice older man online.

After a few emails and phone calls, “Rob” and I went on several dates.

Despite the difference in our ages (I'm 30, and he's closer to 60), we have many common interests and enjoy spending time together.

Romantically, he is quite shy. So far, just hand holding on walks and a goodnight kiss on the cheek.

Conversation the other night turned to the subject of money.

I mentioned how the lease to my barely affordable apartment would expire soon.


He then offered to let me live with him – for free! Wow!

He explained that since he has to pay the utilities, insurance and property tax anyway, my presence would not increase his expenses.

Then he suggested I should use the savings to pay down my student loans and credit card debt.

I asked him how I could ever repay his generosity. He responded by saying, “you could repay me by being the best possible mother to our future children.” I'm not sure whether he was joking or serious!


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