Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. This is a scam!! These are not men who are in the United States military. They are scam artists preying on desperate women. I met a sergeant in the Army on Facebook from the Zoosk dating site. We have been texting since May. His name is Sgt.
These crooks often present documents and other "proof" of their financial need when asking their victims to wire money to them. Such scams, when they involve dating sites, pose a unique challenge in the fight against impostors and identity thieves, because on such sites a dating profile is often required to conduct a search for fake accounts. In addition, it is not possible to remove dating site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam.
If you suspect fraud on a dating site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the platform immediately. The following scams affect military members:.
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The practice of impersonating Soldiers for financial gain is common. When impostor accounts are identified, it is important to report the accounts to the host platforms. If you suspect you have identified an impostor account, you should confirm the account is not registered on the U. Army Social Media Directory.
It is important to know the warning signs of a scam or the common identifiers associated with an impostor account. Official accounts will not send friend requests. If you receive a request from an account claiming to be a senior leader, report it. Remember, anyone in the U. Army Family is vulnerable. It is important to be aware that Twitter allows parody and fan accounts https: Soldiers, especially leaders, are prime targets for identity thieves who will use images posted online to create the fake accounts.
It is good practice to search sites regularly for impostors.
I am the leader of my squad. I am a non commission officer and I work in the junior management of the military. As you already know, I am currently stationed in Baghdad , the capital of Iraq. I have to let you know that I am on my second mission to Iraq and I have already spent 10 months here in Iraq. My first mission to Iraq was in My mission ended in When back to the States, I found out that my ex betrayed my love by going in for another man. She cost me a lost. She misused my properties so I paid her off.
I was in love with her with all my heart but she let me down. I was with her for 14 years. My son lives with a friend in Miami. I have full custody of him.
I do not want to pay my ex any amount of money again. I will be getting him to stay with me when i come home soon.
I was married only once. I am now looking for another woman to involve myself with. I will be home in 3 months. Actually, we are not allowed to communicate with outsiders because of security reasons but I need a woman for myself.
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A woman that will be there for me and I will be there for her too. I will not be able to call you because we are not allowed to communicate with outsiders on phone. My relationship with my ex was like this. I loved her with all my heart. In fact it is true. I helped her in her work, support her family, spending much time with her as much as I could.
Going with her to the beaches, the movies and a lot of interesting places just trying to make her the happiest woman in life. I know she is regretting it by now. Her parents once called me and were apologizing for her but I already made my mind. I do not get angry. It happens once in a while but I know how to control myself. Will like you to also send me some pictures of you too. I am concluding this letter here but remember this am serious about my words Have a good day.
I highlighted the glaring holes in this guys story, especially the rank. What a weird term they use. Again, judging by the size of each of these photos, they were most likely snagged from a MySpace or Facebook page.
Anyway, on to the next. What a promotion for this guy, huh?
I highly encourage you ladies being scammed by these guys to actually do a Google search on military ranks. The first one goes by the name MikeJones Yahoo. The other 3 are supposedly the same person and goes by the name SGT. Again, notice the rank of this LTC!!
No explanation about why the name and email address are different. Probably tired of creating new Yahoo accounts and keeping up with them. Same story wants ts2 money and transit money. Says he was in 24 years, wants to retire and marry his victims and has money aplenty.
Soldiers can pay for it themselves. Now in Afghanistan and will come back in 11 June. The interesting thing about these photos is that the scammer actually took the time to remove the name tags from the photo. Could be anyone here! The first 4 photos are of a young James Ruddock and his family. He targets women in the UK mostly, it seems and proposes marriage, using his dead wife and two kids as emotional bait. He also says to some women that he was supposed to be in Afganistan with a house also in the UK that he was going to retire to a different location.
He also uses the name of Steve Ruddock and Mark Ruddock as well. This one is funny, but the person using the above photos claims to be a Captain Brown Mark Mark Brown? This guy is such a tool, he tries to use General Odierno in his scam. This is to inform you that that tallibiance man as attack the solider mans that they realse for the leave and will are very sorry to let you know that the travel will be in this week………And will are by let you know that you can still make the payment for your solider man capt Brown Mark in two day.
Example to chat privately. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas.
They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come.
They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency. For example, they may claim to have a severely ill family member who requires immediate medical attention such as an expensive operation, or they may claim financial hardship due to an unfortunate run of bad luck such as a failed business or mugging in the street.
The scammer may also claim they want to travel to visit you, but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel expenses. Sometimes the scammer will send you valuable items such as laptop computers and mobile phones, and ask you to resend them somewhere. They will invent some reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity. Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them somewhere.
You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else. Warning - the above scenarios are very likely to be forms of money laundering which is a criminal offence. Never agree to transfer money for someone else. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences.