Online dating scams and military
Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.
• Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality -- check the facts.
Report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission on Nigerian Scams via email at [email protected]
Next, enter the information into the form and submit it electronically. Please copy and mail any additional supporting documents along with a printed copy of your complaint. After we review your complaint and supporting documents, we will likely forward them to the business complained about for response. If the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of another local, state, or federal agency, we may refer your complaint to that agency."We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the Internet and claim to be in the U. military," said Chris Grey, Army CID's spokesman. "We have even seen instances where the Soldier was killed in action and the crooks have used that hero's identity to perpetrate their twisted scam," said CID Special Agent Russel Graves, who has been fielding the hundreds of calls and emails from victims for months."It is heartbreaking to hear these stories over and again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met and sometimes have never even spoken to on the phone." The majority of the "romance scams" as they have been dubbed, are being perpetrated on social media dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams often involve carefully worded romantic requests for money from the victim to purchase special laptop computers, international telephones, military leave papers, and transportation fees to be used by the fictitious "deployed Soldier" so their false relationship can continue.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 aware that his pictures or identity have been stolen," said Grey. Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.
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. • 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.The kind (and amount) of information divulged—about the users themselves, the places they work, visit or live—are not only useful for people looking for a date, but also to attackers who leverage this information to gain a foothold into your organization.