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“The criminals, often from other countries, most notably from West African countries, are pretending to be U. Soldiers routinely serving in a combat zone or other overseas location.
According to Grey, perpetrators take on the online persona of a U. Soldier, marry the persona with photographs of a Soldier off the Internet, and then begin prowling the web for victims.
Once the victim is on the hook, the scammer attempts to persuade the victim to provide financial support to deal with a crisis or on some other pretext.
Grey said he gets calls every week from victims of these kinds of scams.
“It is very troubling to hear these stories over and over again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met,” Grey said. One version usually involves the sale of a vehicle; where the service member claims to be moving overseas and has to quickly sell their vehicle because they are being sent to another duty station.
— Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail.
Service members serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address.
— Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality — check the facts.