Not only does this hurt the victim, but it damages the reputation of the United States Military member. Even so, a military member legitimately looking for Mr. Right on the internet, is now up for a lot of investigation into, "Are You Real?Often times foreign victims fall for the scam, and really do think a U. " Unfortunately, these days when anyone can be whoever they want on the internet, it is important to do your part to verify as much as you can about a person so you can avoid giving out your personal information and pictures to someone you don't know. The person could use your personal information and images to impersonate and even blackmail you.By far one of the most successful schemes involves American service members. Well before stalking their victims, they meticulously meld online images of real soldiers with fake names and personalities.
It’s a story as old as the internet itself: Boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, boy asks girl to wire him thousands of dollars and then vanishes off the face of the earth forever. A scammer — usually from West Africa — poses as a deployed American soldier in search of love.
Well, at least that’s the experience many people have had since the rise of internet dating and the online scams that have followed. Make no mistake about it, these guys are professionals.
Multi-million-dollar scamming industry For Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey, Schuster's story is all-too familiar. 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. 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.
The scams tend to pick up around the holidays, Grey said, so women dating online need to be careful. Never send money to someone that you've never met, never talked to on the phone,” he said.
~ Fake stories about frozen accounts or money for surgeries.
The military does not freeze members' bank accounts or credit cards and provides health care for deployed service members. Schuster said she was encouraged to use personal email immediately rather than the site.
The faster the scammer is off the dating site, the lower the chances of being caught using a fake profile, according to Schuster.
Schuster turned her anger into action, and by sharing her story, she says she helped a woman in New Zealand and a fellow American in Boston discover that they were being duped.
The relationship quickly intensified, and Schuster fell hard, emailing multiple times each day.
He sent her poetry and page after page of emails professing his love.
After a few weeks, the man told her he needed some money to help his daughter go on a school trip. She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen.