Soldier dating scam
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.They even create social media accounts and other various online footprints to ensure their aliases are as realistic and attractive as possible.A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.I receive a TON of e-mails per year from victims asking for help (because they knew I always wanted to be a spy).Unfortunately, by the time the money leaves their hands, it is gone forever. The scammers use internet cafes and reroute money multiple times to untraceable sources, and therefore, their true identity cannot be discovered.A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam.
He sent her poetry and page after page of emails professing his love.
The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.
While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love.
She asked to speak with him in person or via Skype, but the man said that wasn't allowed.
“His thing was, ‘well, this is top secret, we're fighting the terrorists, we can't do anything that would compromise that, so I can't use the phone.' And I believed all this," Schuster said. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.