Scammers are using the names of dead soldiers to trick women into sending them money. Sometimes they tell victims that they need thousands of dollars for new computers, shoes or international phones. This is about as low as you can get.
ExecutiveGov.com reported on the issue:
” ‘We are seeing a number of scams being perpetrated on the Internet, especially on social, dating-type websites where females are the main target,’ said Chris Grey, Army CID’s spokesman.
“The fraudsters are pretending to be U.S. servicemen, often serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. They will often take the true rank and name of a soldier and then combine that with photographs of a soldier found on the Internet to build a false identity to lure victims.”
Investigators say the scammers are often in Ghana, Angola and Nigeria, which makes these cases next to impossible to trace and prosecute.
The Army CID distributed a release [PDF] alerting the public:
” ‘Army CID is warning people to be very suspicious if they begin a relationship on the internet with someone claiming to be an American Soldier and within a matter of weeks, the alleged Soldier is asking for money, as well as their hand in marriage.
” ‘Many of these cases have a distinct pattern to them,’ explained Chris Grey, Army CID’s
spokesman. ‘These are not soldiers, they are thieves.’
their personal bank accounts or credit cards,’ said Grey.
CNN found plenty of victims, including family members of dead soldiers who now are being victimized again.