Internet dating scams soldiers
The Army reports that numerous very senior officers and enlisted Soldiers throughout the Army have had their identities stolen to be used in these scams. "Another critical issue is we don't want victims who do not report this crime walking away and thinking that a U. serviceman has ripped them off when in fact that serviceman is honorably serving his country and often not even aware that his pictures or identity have been stolen," said Grey.
To date, there have been no reports to Army CID indicating any U. service members have suffered any financial loss as a result of these attacks. Carefully check out the stories you are being told.
The most common scam is to tell these women that they are widowed, and that they were injured and need money to help pay doctors bills.
They use a network of other scammers to help build on this lie until the women send them money or other items.
If it sounds suspicious, there is a reason, it's routinely false -- trust your instincts.
If you do start an internet-based relationship with someone, check them out, research what they are telling you with someone who would know, such as a current or former service member.
Help us combat these thieves by sharing this, and helping any one you see coming into contact with these fakes. "We've even seen instances where the perpetrators are asking the victims for money to purchase "leave papers" from the Army, help pay for medical expenses from combat wounds or help pay for their flight home so they can leave the war zone," said Grey.
A grandmother from Fort Worth, Texas made the same mistake as many women who message me about military men theyve met online she believed him and did his bidding.
Only unlike those women, Cris Maxsons romance didnt con her out of her own money.
These scams are outright theft and are a grave misrepresentation of the U. Army and the tremendous amount of support programs and mechanisms that exist for Soldiers today, especially those serving overseas, said Grey. One version usually involves the sale of a vehicle; where the service member claims to be living overseas and has to quickly sell their vehicle because they are being sent to another duty station.
Along with the romance-type scams, CID has been receiving complaints from citizens worldwide that they have been the victims of other types of scams -- once again where a cyber crook is impersonating a U. After sending bogus information regarding the vehicle, the seller requests the buyer do a wire transfer to a third party to complete the purchase.
We have seen so many, that it is very easy for us to pick up on the fake profiles.