We have seen so many, that it is very easy for us to pick up on the fake profiles.There are several red flags we look for, and we have saved literally hundreds of women from sending these scammers money.We get more than a dozen of these emails from women daily, mostly older women who believe they are truly American Soldiers.
“There aren’t any silver bullets, but a few habits — for example, keep anti-virus software up to date; always remember that, if something or someone appears to be too good to be true, it probably is, and don’t click on things you aren’t sure about — can help avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.” It’s also important to look for friendships and social networks in the real world, he said.
“Everyone gets lonely sometimes, and that’s especially true for young warriors, but finding companionship on the net is a risky bet,” he said.
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command warns people involved in online dating to proceed with caution when corresponding with those claiming to be U. “The ‘Soldier’ then begins asking for money for various false, service-related needs such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage, processing and medical fees,” the warning says.
“Victims of these online scams have lost tens of thousands of dollars, with a very low possibility of recovery.” Ken Scar, 48, a reserve Army staff sergeant, discovered that his photos were being used in the scams when he got a late-night call from a woman who had fallen for one of them in 2014.
Aldrich, meanwhile, contacted the woman he saw in the doctored images last month and discovered she had been in love with his doppelganger for a year. Then she got a message from “Fred” saying he’d been detained in the UAE after accidentally bringing ammunition into the country, and that he needed $500 to post bond and leave. Aldrich reported the fake profile to the Air Force, which investigated and, after determining it wasn’t a counter-intelligence operation, advised him to report the case to the FBI.