Online dating and romance scams
Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims.
Military public relations often post information on soldiers without mentioning their families or personal lives, so images are stolen from these websites by organized Internet crime gangs often operating out of Nigeria or Ghana.
The scammer convinces their victim they are sincere until they are able to build up enough of a rapport to ask for thousands of dollars to help bring the gold into the victim's country.
The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove they are a real person so the victim will send money for the flight. The victim will contact the scammer to ask what happened, and the scammer will provide an excuse such as not being able to get an exit visa, or an illness, theirs or a family member.
Military members overseas are taken care of and do not need assistance from random people on the internet with their finances.
If a soldier requests things that are provided by the military or are unnecessary, such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage processing, vacation time fees, and medical fees, that's a huge red flag that something is not right.
Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance.
Scammers prey on the victim's false sense of a relationship to lure them into sending money.
As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.Unlike a gold digger, who marries for money, a pro-dater is not necessarily single or available in real life.Another variation of the romance scam is when the scammer insists they need to marry in order to inherit millions of dollars of gold left by a father, uncle, or grandfather.In 2016, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports of more than US 0 million being lost by victims of relationship scams.Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out their sexual fantasy with the scammer.