What Are Some Signs of Military Romance Scams?


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When executing romance scams, scammers often tell victims they are in special operations units, or that they are stationed overseas and they cannot secure leave to meet with romantic partners. In some cases, scammers claim to have gone for years without receiving leave. In actual fact, military personnel stationed overseas do regularly receive leave. If a service member was denied leave for years, this would be an anomaly generating enormous controversy.

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Romance scammers often tell victims they are deployed on top secret missions. Scammers of this type may claim they need money to pay for transportation back to the United States. In reality, the U.S. military always pays travel costs for personnel returning from war zones. When a supposed service member claims he has no physical mailing address, this is definitely a sign of a probable scam.

Real service members never ask people to pay for phone lines, cellphones or calling cards. Generally, the U.S. Military provides deployed service members with free phone service. Military romance scams are perpetrated by criminals impersonating U.S. service members online. Most victims of these scams are women between the ages of 30 and 55. Cases of this type are investigated by a U.S Army unit called the Criminal Investigation Command.

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