Scam uses crooks posing as soldiers looking for a romance
According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers masquerading as members of the military are prowling online dating and social networking sites, wooing females in order to fool them into parting with their money.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command says it has received hundreds of complaints in the last year about the scam artists who use real military photos of both the living and deceased to create fake profiles on dating and social networking sites.
The Command reports that these fraudsters, some of whom are known to work out of African cyber cafes, build relationships with women before asking them to send money for Internet use, phones, travel, and other plausible purposes. Once the trusting victim sends money, they never hear from their soldier again.
If you feel you may have been a victim of such a scam, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (1-800-251-3221) and the Federal Trade Commission (1-877-438-4338).