Fake soldier dating scammers
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Victims of these scams have reported losing thousands of dollars.
One victim went so far as to refinance her house to help out her new online beau. Once the victim is on the hook, the scammer attempts to persuade the victim to provide financial support to deal with a crisis or send money on some other pretext.
The man even sent her a few pictures dressed in his military uniform, and he was very handsome.
Schuster noticed that her suitor had bad grammar, but that didn't really bother her because her immigrant father had poor grammar as well.
Scammers steal pictures of real soldiers online and create fake profiles.
The Army calls it an epidemic and is warning people to be cautious connecting to anyone online who claims to be a soldier serving overseas.
They ask the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address. In one version, the scammer poses as a service member who is moving overseas and must quickly sell his or her vehicle.
In today's digital age, online predators and scammers have become more clever than an email from a Nigerian Prince asking for money.