by Guest Author, CJ Grisham, of A Soldier’s Perspective WOTN asked me to write a blog post for his readers about the signs and symptoms of a potential military dating scam.
First, let me go over a brief history of the scams that generally originate in Nigeria and a few other African nations.
If service members need to borrow money, they will ask their buddy or their mom or NFCU—not the woman they want to impress.
Although the online scammer is notoriously skilled at creating an online relationship, there are some ways to tell whether the service member you “know” is a scammer. If your online love asks you for money to buy a laptop so he can write to you more, or an international phones so he can talk to you more, or an airline ticket so you can be together, never click on his message again. If you get a request for money to pay for leave papers from the command, it’s a scam. Besides, commanding officers do not write internet girlfriends.
They talk about the dangerous but important work they do in Afghanistan, Iraq or other distant locations.
They confess their feelings of love for their targets.
Here’s how they work: Con artists working out of Internet cafÃ©s often in Africa troll through dating sites, Facebook and other websites, striking up acquaintances with lonely people, usually women.These people scam everyone-- but most often its older women. They are on dating sites, facebook military pages, and EVERYWHERE online.DO NOT give them personal information DO NOT send them money REPORT AND BLOCK them We at Stolen Valor DO NOT have a way to find them and make them pay for scamming you. If you encounter one of these jerks-- REPORT AND BLOCK them Trust your instincts, they get thousands of dollars from nice, unsuspecting people-- and they'll continue to scam until folks stop sending them money.pictures most frequently used by African scammers in military scams ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.In reality, the scammers are Africans from Nigeria and Ghana.