Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.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.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.
Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.
He suggested they ditch the dating site and switch to email.
Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.