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The Soldier's rank and other details are often included in an effort to lend credence to the scammer's story.The Army reports that several senior officers and enlisted Soldiers throughout the Army have had their identities stolen and used in these scams.Your comment will be posted to Mail Online as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on Mail Online.To do this we will link your Mail Online account with your Facebook account."These perpetrators are definitely not American Soldiers, but they are quite familiar with American culture," said Chris Grey, Army CID spokesperson."The criminals, often from other countries, most notably from West African countries, are pretending to be U. Soldiers serving in a combat zone or other overseas locations." 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.Another con, nicknamed the ‘Nigerian prince scam’, involves victims being sent an email claiming to be from a rich foreign dignitary, asking to help them transfer money out of the country in return for a reward.Many victims were sent emails claiming they had won a lottery and to claim their prize needed to pay an administration fee.
More than 80 per cent of these cases are from US citizens.
Anyone – including those in the UK – who was conned into giving money to fraudsters via Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19 this year can apply for a share of the cash.
Common scams include romance fraud, where the lonely are groomed on dating websites by crooks using fake profiles, and begging emails that appear to come from relatives abroad claiming to have had an accident and need emergency cash.
-- Be suspicious if the person claims he cannot speak to you on the phone or communicate with you through letters in the mail.
Service members serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address.
"We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the Internet [who] claim to be in the U. military." In addition to the romance scams, CID has received complaints from citizens worldwide who have been the victims of other types of scams in which cyber-crooks impersonated U. After providing bogus information about the vehicle, the scammer requests the buyer make a wire transfer to a third party to complete the purchase.