Please share this article to make sure everyone knows the dangers of online relationships.People need to know that unscrupulous individuals are stealing the good name of soldiers to manipulate people and take their money.
"These perpetrators, often from other countries, most notably from West African countries are good at what they do and quite familiar with American culture, but the claims about the Army and its regulations are ridiculous," said Grey. If you suspect or know you have been victimized by a fake soldier scammer, you can report the incident to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
All forms of financial fraud, which is exactly what these fake, "love for money" soldiers are trying to pull, can now be reported through the Stop website No branch of the U. military charges service members money for permission to take leave. Also See: Military Removes Online Personnel Locator Services Out of a concern for the safety and privacy of their servicemembers, all branches of the U. military have removed their web-based, online personnel locator services.
Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
Melanie Daria, one of Trustify’s private investigators, first saw Peter’s profile when it was sent to her by Phoebe, a client.
Phoebe was already in the midst of starting a relationship with the man, and since she’d worked with Melanie before, she thought she’d simply run the man’s information past her and get the all clear. She’d had rough experiences, and she was hoping that things finally were working out for her - at least in the romance department”. “Peter’s profile had none of the usual indicators that it was genuine.Dating scams are getting more and more sophisticated.No longer are fake profiles sparse on details and lacking in the supporting information, friends, or activity that makes them easy to spot.For a start, all of his friends weren’t what you’d expect - not many soldiers and not much in the way of family”.Despite the profile having recent activity, posts from what appeared to be a continuous deployment, and even comments and praise from friends, there were plenty of signs that Peter’s identity had been faked.“You’d at least expect to see plenty of activity from loved ones, as well as posts about important life events like the birth of a niece or nephew, or the birthday of a sibling or parent.” Additionally, the man was claiming to be in his 50s, an appropriate dating age bracket for Phoebe, the client.After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.