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Criminal Investigation Command special agents continue to receive numerous reports from victims located around the world regarding various scams of persons impersonating U. Once victims are hooked, the criminals continue their ruse.
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.
"It is very troubling to hear these stories over and over 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," Grey said. 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.
Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.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.Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company. 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 who strike from thousands of miles away."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.
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. "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. Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.