Warning signs of online dating scams
A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel.
Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims.
As the pro-dater is eager to date again, the next date is immediately set up with the next wealthy foreigner.
Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, and then they are beaten and robbed or murdered.This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.The scammer will offer to fly to the victim's country to prove that they are a real person. However, when the victim goes to meet the scammer they never show up.The victim contacts the scammer to ask what happened.