However, they don’t talk about it and they certainly don’t tell you they are on a “top secret mission”. He says he is not allowed to talk about what he does, however, he has cleared it with his CO that he can tell you enough to make you believe he is who he says. If he truly is not allowed to share any details about his job, his CO doesn’t even allow him to talk about it with family, much less someone he met on the internet.Also, any special operations soldier worth his beret will not reveal his location to someone he doesn’t know (or even someone he does! Sometimes with this tactic, they will ask you to email/send mail to the CO to ask for permission. I know some very unlucky people but this is just over the top.
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.
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.
A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.
“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.
After being matched with an interested party, these con artists slowly reel in their prey with affectionate messages of passion and desire.
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.
Nine times out of ten, they “met” their soldier on a social networking site, such as Facebook, or an online dating site.
********** UPDATE: Two women were prosecuted for receiving over one million dollars from 374 people in these scams! Since starting the website in 2004, I have received many emails from people who believe they are dating a soldier when, in most cases, they actually are not.
Eventually, the scammer will ask for help, for various reasons, involving the victim sending money.