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.
Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail.
Victims are usually unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who believe they are romantically involved with an American Soldier, yet are being exploited and ultimately robbed by perpetrators that strike from thousands of miles away. The majority of the "romance scams," are being perpetrated on social media and dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address.
Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.
Be cognizant of foreign and regional accents that do not match the person's story.
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.
When in reality, the entire exchange is a ruse for the crook to get the wire transfer and leave the buyer high and dry, with no vehicle.
Report the theft by mail at the following address: Identity Theft Clearinghouse Federal Trade Commission Washington, DC 20580 Report the fraud by email to the Federal Trade Commission on Nigerian Scams via at [email protected]
pictures most frequently used by African scammers in military scams ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.Carefully check out the stories you are being told.If it sounds suspicious, there is a reason, it's routinely false -- trust your instincts.Army CID continues to warn people to be very suspicious if they begin a relationship on the internet with someone claiming to be an American Soldier and within a matter of weeks, the alleged Soldier is asking for money, as well as discussing marriage.The majority of these scams have a distinct pattern to them, explained Grey.In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.