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Military romance scams are used to con women out of thousands. Discover the I met a sergeant in the Army on Facebook from the Zoosk dating site. We have. chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone; wire Tagged with: bank account, fraud, military, money transfer, online dating, scam. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) receives hundreds of Such scams, when they involve dating sites, pose a unique challenge in the fight.
The money requests didn't stop there. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.
She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen. Schuster had her doubts, but said she was so scared that she might lose him that she was willing to keep wiring the money through Western Union.
His office has received calls from the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia — all from women who thought they were in love with a U. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
They steal soldiers' photos from social media, create a fake backstory and profile for the photographs and then target unsuspecting women on online dating sites.
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The scams tend to pick up around the holidays, Grey said, so women dating online need to be careful. The scammer sent this image to Schuster claiming that it was her pilot.
Notice that he told her that he was in the Air Force, but this is a Navy uniform. First, he will go to Nebraska to visit his family and then he will come and see me in Kentucky.
What do you think, Ms. Below is our list of military scammer clues. Did you spot these clues? Did I miss any? Met on a dating site.
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Lots of military members do use dating sites to meet people in their community. But you should know that bad guys use dating sites, too. They are trolling for women they can scam. If he asks for money, it is a scam. Report him to the website and stop communicating with him. Gives an imaginary name. It probably means they just have Photoshop.
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If they ask for money, it is a scam. Cannot access his bank account.
Military members can access their money from overseas. They pay bills online, buy items from websites and even arrange for car loans.
If they ask you for money -- even a loan, this is a scam. Needs money to come home from down range. Their travel arrangements are made and paid for by the government.
If they ask for money, this is a scam. Service members do not have to pay for internet connections, food or travel expenses etc. Even if a service member misses a connecting flight, the military takes care of this. If someone you met online claims to be stranded in an airport, do not send them money.
Claim to be Special Forces. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency. For example, they may claim to have a severely ill family member who requires immediate medical attention such as an expensive operation, or they may claim financial hardship due to an unfortunate run of bad luck such as a failed business or mugging in the street. The scammer may also claim they want to travel to visit you, but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel expenses.
Sometimes the scammer will send you valuable items such as laptop computers and mobile phones, and ask you to resend them somewhere. They will invent some reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity. Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them somewhere. You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else. Warning - the above scenarios are very likely to be forms of money laundering which is a criminal offence.
Never agree to transfer money for someone else. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences. Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money. Online dating and romance scams cheat Australians out of millions every year.