Can You Spot the Scammer? Military romance scams are used to con women out of thousands. Vicki Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. This is a scam!! These are not men who are in the United States military. They are scam artists preying on desperate women. Can you spot the signs of a military dating scammer?
Vicki, I met a sergeant in the Army on Facebook from the Zoosk dating site. We have been texting since May. His name is Sgt. Larry Williams, and he was in Afghanistan from Fort Campbell. I tried to raise the money but was making myself sick trying. He says he was deployed to Africa about three weeks ago, and kept asking about the money. I told him I just did not have it. His response was that he could not take the texting, so I said I guess that meant that we were over.
He responded that he would rather forget about the phone than to lose me. At first, it was three thousand and I sent it. Then I was contacted saying he needs more. This man is the love of my life and I really want to be with him. He has been through so much on these deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He needs to relax and enjoy himself instead of going from one war to the next. Should I call my congressman, my senator -- who?
He is a lieutenant colonel in the army and stationed at Fort Campbell. We have been communicating online for the past year. He is in special operations and has a lot of covert operations. One minute, he is in Afghanistan and the next minute he is in Africa. Two days ago, he called me and said he needs money so he can come home. 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. 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. 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. If these individuals really were in special ops, they would never tell you -- never.
Deployed for three years. Military members can be sent on an unaccompanied tour for a year or two. Deployments in the past have lasted up to fifteen months. Claiming to be deployed for three years is a play for your pity. Your family and friends think you are crazy. If your family and friends think this is a scam, it is.
These people know you and they are not blinded by love. They know if someone asks you for money, it is a scam. Trust yourself and stop communicating now before he asks you for money.
Afterward, she was a victim of bank fraud and her home was vandalized. The man she was communicating with knew all of her personal information, including where she lived. This is serious because this woman put her life in jeopardy! She quickly moved to a different location.
Stop communicating with him immediately. He may have stolen the identity of someone real. These scammers are professionals who know just how to tug your heartstrings. The people behind military dating scams do not give up easily. Block their emails, their Facebook posts, their texts, their phone calls. So what can you do about a scammer? Unforutnately, there isn't much you can do. Scammers are frequently located overseas, limiting prosecution options U.
Spending your money -- and more importantly the hours of your life -- on a scam artist is not bringing you closer to love. Mark your involvement with a scammer as a mistake and keep a sharp eye out the next time. Sign up for a free Military.