The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love.Unfortunately, my sniper capabilities are null and void, so all I can do is write these helpful articles to assist you in reporting this fraud, and hopefully getting one step closer to shutting the Online Romance epidemic down once and for all. Army Criminal Investigation Command As the Army's primary criminal investigative organization and Do D's premier investigative organization, CID is responsible for conducting criminal investigations in which the Army is or may be a party of interest.
Once the target is hooked and believes he or she is in a real, full-fledged relationship with an American service member, the scammers goes in for the kill, asking for thousands of dollars at a time to help address a personal crisis or material need.
After all, every fake profile is created using a real soldier’s picture.
According to Grey, this not only harms the reputation of the individual service member, but the reputation of the military as a whole.
I receive a TON of e-mails per year from victims asking for help (because they knew I always wanted to be a spy).
Unfortunately, by the time the money leaves their hands, it is gone forever. The scammers use internet cafes and reroute money multiple times to untraceable sources, and therefore, their true identity cannot be discovered.