Many of these cases have a distinct pattern to them, explained Grey. This is the same thing, except over the Internet." said Grey. has established numerous task force organizations to deal with this and other growing issues; however, the personnel committing these scams are often using untraceable email addresses on "Gmail, Yahoo!The perpetrators often tell the victims that their units do not have telephones or they are not allowed to make calls or they need money to "help keep the Army Internet running." They often say they are widowers and raising a young child on their own to pull on the heartstrings of their victims. "The criminals are preying on the emotions and patriotism of their victims," added Grey. , AOL," etc., routing accounts through numerous locations around the world, and using pay-per-hour Internet cyber cafes, which often times maintain no accountability of use.The victims are most often unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who think they are romantically involved on the Internet with an American Soldier, when in fact they are being cyber-robbed by perpetrators thousands of miles away. The perpetrators will often take the true rank and name of a U. Soldier who is honorably serving his country somewhere in the world, marry that up with some photographs of a Soldier off the Internet, and then build a false identity to begin prowling the Internet for victims."We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the Internet and claim to be in the U. military," said Chris Grey, Army CID's spokesman. "We have even seen instances where the Soldier was killed in action and the crooks have used that hero's identity to perpetrate their twisted scam," said CID Special Agent Russel Graves, who has been fielding the hundreds of calls and emails from victims for months.THERE HAVE DEFINETLY BEEN SOME STRANGE THINGS GOING ON THIS WEEK AND I AM NOT YET SURE WHERE THE TRUTH LIES.I AM WILLING TO SHARE ALL I KNOW IF YOU WILL GIVE ME THE SAME COURTESY."It is heartbreaking to hear these stories over and again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met and sometimes have never even spoken to on the phone." The majority of the "romance scams" as they have been dubbed, are being perpetrated on social media dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams often involve carefully worded romantic requests for money from the victim to purchase special laptop computers, international telephones, military leave papers, and transportation fees to be used by the fictitious "deployed Soldier" so their false relationship can continue.
Her email and phone number were there for a year, so of course she was guilty.• 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.• Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company.WHERE TO GO FOR HELP Report the theft to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI-NW3C Partnership) at