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Are You Dating an Army Soldier or a Fake?

If you don’t want to read the rest of this article, there is one surefire way to know if your soldier is fake:

If a soldier you’re “dating” online asks you for money for ANY reason, it’s a scam. Period. End of story. [Click to tweet this]

And as my husband says….If you have to ask, it’s a scam.


UPDATE: Two women were prosecuted for receiving over one million dollars from 374 people in these scams! Story here.

Since starting the website in 2004, I have received many emails from people who believe they are dating a soldier when, in most cases, they actually are not. Nine times out of ten, they “met” their soldier on a social networking site, such as Facebook, or an online dating site. And he is the one who just happened to find her while he was looking around and decided she’s going to be his future wife. What he really means is she’s going to be his next victim.


Stories That Are Lies

He’s in Special Operations

1. He is in a special operations unit and therefore cannot share any information with you. It’s true that special ops guys can’t discuss their job but that also means they don’t tell random strangers they’re in special ops. My husband was special ops. When we would go out with a bunch of guys from his unit and people would ask what they did, they simply replied they were in the Army. Special ops guys don’t brag about it. They’re known as “quiet professionals” for a reason.

He’s Been Denied Leave

2. He has been deployed for two years, has been denied leave time and will not be coming home any time soon therefore you won’t be able to meet. If there were soldiers being denied leave after being overseas for years at a time, it would be ALL over the news. It’s a lie.

He’s on a Top Secret Mission

3. He is on a top secret mission in a country other than Iraq or Afghanistan (or even in Iraq or Afghanistan – it’s all lies). Now, we certainly do have troops in other countries. However, they don’t talk about it and they certainly don’t tell you they are on a “top secret mission”. Also, any special operations soldier worth his beret will not reveal his location to someone he doesn’t know (or even someone he does!).

He Needs Permission from Someone in His Unit

4. He says he is not allowed to talk about what he does, however, he has cleared it with his CO that he can tell you enough to make you believe he is who he says. This is followed by outrageous lies. If he truly is not allowed to share any details about his job, his CO doesn’t even allow him to talk about it with family, much less someone he met on the internet. Sometimes with this tactic, they will ask you to email/send mail to the CO to ask for permission. Then the supposed CO sends back a letter asking for money to connect a phone line or some other complete lie.

Everyone Around Him is Dead

5. He says one of the following….his parents died, his wife died in his arms, his wife was killed in a car accident along with all of his children, his children are orphaned and living in some remote location, or he was orphaned……all LIES. My favorite is when they combine all these things. Really? I know some very unlucky people but this is just over the top. And I mean if this was for real and that kind of luck follows him, why do you want to be with him?

He Has No Mailing Address

6. He says he doesn’t have a mailing address because either he is in a classified unit or his position changes so often. Even in special operations, he’ll have an APO address. And this is not a post office box and it’s not in Nigeria!! It also has nothing to do with a Western Union office. And you don’t have to send it through a relative because he can’t give out his address.

He Needs Money for Leave

7. He says he needs you to pay for his R&R leave because the Army doesn’t pay for it. This is absolutely false! A real soldier will not request money to travel home as he doesn’t need it! The Army pays for all travel to and from a war zone. This includes emergency travel like the death of a loved one. It’s not like you just book your own flight home from Afghanistan on Delta.

He Needs You to Request His Leave

8. He says he can come home but you have to request his leave through an email address. If all an Army spouse had to do was email her soldier’s commander to get him home from deployment, don’t you think ALL Army spouses would be doing this? There would be no one deployed. The Army does not allow leave requests from Army family members. In fact, even in the case of the death of an immediate family member, the information has to be verified by the American Red Cross before the soldier’s command is contacted for possible leave by officials at the Red Cross – they don’t just take your word for it.

He Needs You to Pay for a Phone Line

9. He wants you to pay for a phone line, cell phone or calling card so you can talk to each other. Real soldiers can call home for FREE. My husband deployed multiple times and we never paid for a single phone call. If he asks for this, he’s a scam artist. Not to mention, soldiers are making enough to buy a phone card if they really had to.

He’s About to Retire

10. He’s about to retire and then he can marry you and live happily ever after. This usually also includes stories about being a higher ranking officer. Typical story and it’s all lies. Real officers have even LESS time to be online talking to strangers over the internet.

His Child Needs XYZ

11. He has a child that is dying or needs surgery (or some other medical emergency) and he needs the money to pay for it. All military dependents are covered by Tricare, which for the most part is amazing insurance. I had a c-section and was in the hospital in a private room for three days. Know how much I paid? $12. Real soldiers aren’t paying out of pocket for their kid’s medical care.

He’s a General

12. And he’s only 28! Wow, talk about a quick advancement! LOL A General will have well over 20 years of service and less than 1% of officers will make it to the rank of General. On top of that, Generals make a minimum of $12,000 per month in JUST base pay. So why exactly would he need money from you?

His Pay is Deposited in the U.S. and He Has No Access

13. Seriously? First, the Army is providing the essentials while you’re deployed so there’s not a need for a lot of money overseas. Second, you can have access to your money, so this is yet another lie. There are ATMs on any main post and the PX accepts debit and credit cards. If he says he’s somewhere that there isn’t an ATM or another way to get money, there is also nothing for him to spend money on. So why does he need it?

He’s On a Peacekeeping Mission in {insert name of country}

14. Last time I checked we aren’t on a lot of peacekeeping missions in Nigeria and Syria. And if we were, a real soldier wouldn’t tell you that.

Verify The Truth

So how can you find out if he’s telling the truth?

The absolute best way to verify is with #2 – ask him to email you from his AKO address.

  1. Ask for his mailing address overseas. If he can’t provide one, he is lying. There is nothing secretive about an APO address. And an APO address will not be a post office box. It’s also not at a Western Union office!
  2. Ask him to give you his AKO email address rather than his yahoo, hotmail, etc. This will be his firstname.lastname@us.army.mil. All soldiers have an AKO account. There is NO reason why he can’t provide it – regardless of what unit he is assigned to, what his mission may be, who he’s working for, etc. And the AKO account is free so him saying his credit card hasn’t been processed or his account is locked because he didn’t pay is also a lie. If he refuses to provide this, he’s fake.

I originally had other questions you could ask regarding his training, etc, but I’m removing those because many people believed whatever ridiculous information he came up with when they asked.

But you say he’s sent you pictures or a copy of his ID?

Many have been provided pictures, copies of military identification cards, even videos. First, pictures can be grabbed from anywhere on the internet – there’s no guarantee you’re talking to that person. They may very well be using the picture of a real soldier but that doesn’t mean you’re talking to him. Some of these scumbags are using the pictures of soldiers who were killed in action to run their scams. It’s sick.

Someone told me once they were dating a General and she even had pictures. I told her to send them to me. Guess who the pictures were of? David Petraeus!

Some use totally fake pictures in uniforms that are all messed up – I’ve seen Army uniforms with Air Force tapes and Navy insignia – no joke.

I’ve seen very badly doctored military ID cards where it’s obvious he’s typed over information on the card. What’s funny is he’ll type over the only legitimate information on the card and replace it with something that makes no sense. Such as rank of SPC and pay grade of MAJ.

The pictures they use many times on military IDs are so fake and it’s so obvious. Real military ID pictures basically look like a mugshot – solid background with him in uniform and basically only showing his face (maybe the very top of his shoulders). Someone sent me one the other day that not only looked nothing like a military ID (more like a business card for a recruiter), it had a picture of a soldier who was obviously at a military ball or some other formal event as he had a bow tie with his dress uniform. That is NOT an ID picture.

Or maybe he’s added you on Facebook and even changed his relationship status to you

The Army posted this example on their Facebook page:


So exactly which one are you dating? Oh and by the way, I’ve never seen a soldier unless it was on an official page (such as the base commander’s page) that uses his rank in his name.

Soldiers Don’t Have Time For This

99.9% of military guys overseas don’t have the time available to them to email, chat and Skype for hours at a time or even every day online. They are too busy doing their JOB. And most have no interest in “dating” someone online while they’re deployed. Continuing to talk to their loved one that they knew before deployment? Absolutely! Time to peruse dating sites and chat for hours? Absolutely not.

But he said he loves you and wants to marry you….even though you “met” last week

I’m assuming if you’re falling for this, you’ve never been in a military town. Go downtown in a military town to a club one night and let me know how many single soldiers are there looking for the love of their life….not exactly what their goal is. And when you’re thousands of miles away from each other, he doesn’t have the opportunity to sleep with you. So the point would be???

Many of these stories contain comments about him saying he loves you within a few days/weeks of starting to talk or he wants to marry you as soon as he returns. Let’s get this straight – you haven’t met and certainly haven’t had the opportunity to have any kind of physical relationship, yet he wants to marry you? Does this sound feasible to you? If you’re even hesitating on the answer, I’ll help you. It’s not. They’re lying so they can get in your wallet. And they’re doing this to many others at the same time they’re doing it to you. It’s just who is going to open up access to their bank account first.

But you asked him if he was a scammer and he said no!

Come on, think about this! Why would he admit it to you? Or even better, he told you he is in fact a scammer but he REALLY loves you…..as long as you keep sending him money.

He hasn’t asked for money yet though

Don’t worry, he will. If any of the above signs sound familiar, it’s only a matter of time. He may get pretty far into his story before he asks. He may wait until his plane is suppose to leave and you’re meeting him in less than 24 hours. Then all of the sudden disaster strikes and he needs three grand to be able to come home. LIES!

Even though he’s doing these things, you still think he’s the real deal

I hate to be harsh but if any of the above sounds familiar, it’s a SCAM. Don’t sit there and think you’re the exception. You’re not the lucky one who’s encountered these signs but somehow your guy is the real deal. He’s FAKE. He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t want to marry you. And sooner or later, he’s going to ask for money.

I get emails and messages (or comments) from people who tell me the story and ask me if he’s fake. I answer yes, it’s a scam. And what do they do? Keep asking me more questions – but he does this or he said this or he sent me these pictures. Guess what? The answer is still the same. It’s a scam. Go back and read the first line in bold at the top of this article. I don’t care if he asks you to mail him a penny – a real soldier will NOT ask you for money. A real soldier makes more overseas than he does when he’s home!!

The Scam Checklist

So let me sum this up:

  • If he’s asking for money for a phone line, it’s a scam.
  • If he’s asking for money for travel home, it’s a scam.
  • If he needs you to help him move money from one location to another, it’s a scam.
  • If he asks for your bank account information, it’s a scam.
  • If he wants you to wire money for ANY reason via Western Union (or similar service), it’s a scam.
  • If he asks you to email his command so he can come home, it’s a scam.
  • If he tells you to open a bank account or credit card for him, it’s a scam (and this one could get you into legal trouble!)

PLEASE quit sending these people money! If you’re just itching to give away your money, send it to me! haha After all, I’ve spent more hours than I can count updating this article with the latest techniques and answering questions here and elsewhere.

Finally, if you don’t believe me, please read this article from the Army – Soldier Scams

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • caroline howell January 3, 2015, 9:21 am

    well this is a new one for 2015 some how got friended (not on any dating etc sites ) by WILLIAM JAMES who is in afghanistan needs (100 pounds not dollars !! red light ) for 14 year old daughters school fee’s (only £100.00!!) i am in england so i guess hence pounds …his daughter is in Nigeria with dead wives sister parents dead etc (he is a 20 year serving CAPTAIN ) only money should be sent to his (now sister not dead wife sister ) in yes you guessed NIGERIA TO A BANK CALLED “JAMES ADE ” western union …thanks for having this site no money sent ….could be helpful to have a list of names being used ….. lol he is just messaging me now but has not got a clue i know he is a scammer (in fact did ask him joking at one point and he went of on a don’t send me any money rant lol ) also he is in contact via BLACKBERRY so no ip address ….keep your selves safe ladies and happy new year to you all esp stacey mwah

  • Diana January 4, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I suspected something was weird from the first time this guy messaged me. He goes by Neil Carson neil.carson78@yahoo.com I’ve always been one to investigate before acting on anything. Since I had an uneasy feeling about this guy, I played along to get more info. He told me that he is a SSO (Staff Sargent Office) in the Special Forces stationed in Dakar Senegal; all of his family died in a plane crash (yet he couldn’t tell me when); that he loved me (even though he didn’t know me and we had only chatted for a couple hours); and he couldn’t answer some of the simplest questions like what his APO and AFO were. Heck, he didn’t even know what an APO address and AFO email address were (every military soldier has one). Never did he use any kind of military abbreviation, which struck me as odd. The one that really got me was when he said I could write the military a letter to say I’m his wife and that I need him home. None of this added up; I have family that has severed, and I know how they abbreviate everything, and unless you are granted leave, they will only let you go if it is a true family crisis (that can be verified). Plus, they are so busy with other things, they don’t get buy maybe 30 minutes for phone calls or internet usage. He never asked me for money, but I figured that angle was coming soon. Everything this guy said is exactly what these scam artist say. I finally called him out on this and he played the victim and got very snarky. Unfortunately, these guys are starting to get more and more women and the Army has no way to block them. I’d like to find a way to get the word out so women don’t fall victim to this. If it seems too good to be true, then it is. If a guy falls in love with you after chatting for a couple hours, it means 1 of 2 things, both of which should raise flags and you should turn the other way: either he is mentally unstable, or he is a scam. Please help me spread the word to prevent women from actually falling victim to this. I honor our men & women that serve, and I find it very offensive that jerks, like this, would use that to target innocent women.

    • pamela January 7, 2015, 8:47 pm

      hey i hear what you are saying . i have been talking to someone that im med me last may on faceb he asked if i would be feriends and i said yes. he sent me pictures of his children saying he needed some help becau
      se he lost his wife two years ao. and he he had his money sent to the states.

  • lisa January 8, 2015, 11:27 am

    Anyone heard of Mike Gilette or Donato Thompson???? He in Us Army

  • Deborah Brock January 8, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I “met” Sean Adams after he sent me a message on Facebook. He has told me that he doesn’t have access to his money while he is supposedly deployed in Libya. He has asked me to send money to an agent so the agent can purchase a phone card for him to call me. He also wanted me to send an email to his CO to ask for Sean to be able to go on leave. I did send the email and received a response that said I would need to send a large amount of money for him to go on an 8 week leave and even a much greater amount for a 24 week leave. I’m so thankful that I started questioning what was going on and did research on my own and when I was researching I ran across this site. I will be letting Sean know that I am on to him when i talk to him today and then block him on Facebook. I really don’t understand why people do this when the victim such as myself end up getting hurt

  • baoqingzhou January 10, 2015, 8:04 pm

    Thank you very much for the author, I have recently encountered a similar situation, generaldavidmckier@qq.com (2950925255), 15 last month, become my good friend, he offered me photo is: generaldavidmckiernan, I pick up my video request, but he refused to answer the video. I think he is a liar.

  • Kim anderson January 10, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Need some help on ?s and I’m not sure what to do please help thank you

  • mona January 11, 2015, 3:16 am

    What do they do if they have personals to delivery does a ok wait I received a recipient saying he has a box to be delivered and it needs my I’d what do I do

  • Jacqueline January 13, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Watch out for James Mosqueda…he want me to laundry money for him 2 million dollars

  • Noemi January 14, 2015, 9:35 pm

    Well if it does not feel right…it’s not….I met Seargent Lenox James Davenport online, he thinks he is smart. He lost both parents, and is only child. He will retired in 3 months. Very convincing at times..but there was always something not right….I kinda continue tx….but he mess up when he ask for a iphone 6 and said he would pay me every penny. He said since he is in Iraq he has no acess to one. He wanted me to send an email to the diplomate army…..this is the email he gave me armydiplomat11@yahoo.com really an army diplomate had a yahoo account. This is when I was convinced that this was a scam …Ladies I wanted to share my experiences…thank God nothing happen, but be cautious. Go with your guts always. As I was reading the Article from Stacey..I want to appreciate all those tips…Thank you for taking the time . I have a lot of respect for the Men that serve this nation. It’s a shame this happens. Use your best judgement Ladies… Ask questions and never send money or anything. Best wishes 2015.

  • Misty January 18, 2015, 1:37 pm

    I’ve been chatting with a marine in Afghanistan for several months now. I’ve asked tons of questions and he answers them. I’ve done research on his answers and they are accurate. He’s never asked for money and doesn’t have a sad sob story. I’m very cautious and keep my guard up and will never send money if I was asked. I was just wondering if there is a military site where you can check their name, picture and maybe deployment status.

  • Natalie Shillington January 20, 2015, 9:51 pm

    I’ve been talking on the phone to Phillip Michael Williams. He has sent pictures. We have talking for 4 months. During December , he asked me to send him a i phone as he was using someone’s elses. I said I would send something less expensive in a care package. He couldn’t give me the address because it was top secret. He is supposed to be in Kabul. Just today he has asked me for $500 to ship a box of his personal items to me…of all people. I told him I didn’t have $500. He then said to send $400 and he would ask other people. I don’t have a military address from him. He is to retire as soon as he gets his deployment letter and he is going to send me a copy of it. He says to come to NY to meet him as soon as he knows the day. He’s a real charmer…glad I saw this as I was looking for something that told about their money being frozen…

  • Jean January 21, 2015, 7:40 pm

    My question is , if someone wants to leave the US Army before his term is up and has served 20 years and he still has 2 years left .
    Can he apply to leave before his term is up ,and is there a fee to pay.

  • jj January 23, 2015, 11:25 am

    BEWARE: FAKE US ARMY ALEC BURKE, balec99@yahoo.com FOUND @ OKCUPID.com

    Every women wants to find their one true love and always sort to technology to fast track the search of Mr. Right. Often, women like me get caught up with with sweet sweet words, exaggerating promises and undying love. And before you knew it, you became a victim of an online dating scam.

    My first ever experienced (and I swear my last!!!) happened just two weeks ago. being lonely, I put up account in okcupid to find ALEC BURKE ( screw_you_burke) with email add: balec99@yahoo.com. Within two weeks time I fell in love with him. He seems legit, he has lots of photos sent to me, I am an educated person and I felt sooooo STUPID to get caught in his bait. But i will never forget and forgive myself for being such a fool.

    His story: He is a private in US Army who lives in Port Monterrey base and is on Adventurous training for two weeks in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We would chat everyday and he would skip meals (such a bait!) just to chat with me coz he only goes to a cafeteria. Then when deployment is out after AT (based on his story!) he will be on a frontline mission for 8 months in Israel. Me being stupid and crazy inlove with him (that´s what i thought) , he come up with a story that he want to have a CMD (mobile) and as his gf! (in just few days!) he asked me to write to his commandant in Port Monterrey (Lt Col/Gen Gonzalez/s – they can´t make up their minds! ) to request a CMD on his behalf. He then in return replied to my email to get some infos from me! I WAS REALLY MADE TO BELIEVE, I felt nervous and had red flags but I was crazy I ignored them all!!! Then finally send a money to a certain Marijke Hergarden which according to him is the secretary of the military in Amsterdam! Im such a fool! The address is Amsterdam and was sent to Netherlands, I never thought scammers are now really sophisticated! He even called me many times using a Netherlands´number +31… so I was fooled! such a foolish thing to believe! I can still feel the hatred inside me!

    So here i am writing to you, to hopefully warn all the woman out there…NEVER EVER TRUST EVEN IF IT FEELS SO GOOD ! SCAMMERS WILL DO EVERYTHING TO GET YOUR MONEY!!!! I also googled this name ALEC BURKE but I havent found any results until yesterday! I felt sorry for this man on the photos and I´d like to warn him that his photos are being used to lure women in OKCUPID to get some money! I will be writing the FBI and US ARMY, report to our police and to NETHERLANDS coz this has to stop….35987_1496161080598_7310110_n 36822_1496160800591_6874558_n 148308_1650614741843_8267604_n 254317_2016592011046_6383049_n 293035_4239585184486_1796046962_n 315457_4086976729370_1322569847_n 399579_4396995959657_238784602_n 547866_4086978609417_671553998_n 574456_3470229791082_181858326_n
    Here is the first reply of that Lt. Gen. (copy pasted from email:)
    Lt. Gen. R Gonzalez

    Good morning to you, your email to me was received and well understood, Burke is one man that I respect so much because of his hardworking skills and abilities on and off duty posts. I had a talk with him last week via the military
    payphone and he told me about your plans to contact me on his behalf in acquiring a mobile whilst on deployment to Israel for front line for the next 8 months. Generally and practically speaking, it is against our code of conduct to allow him receive a mobile whilst on deployment but because this is a front line mission we allow because it is indeed important and necessary he stays in touch with his loved and dear ones, I am also delighted he came in through the legal
    and normal procedure because we are aware of servicemen that sneak in mobiles and laptops to base, they should know this time, when they are caught, they will be dealt with thoroughly. This comes as a huge surprise to me and I’m delighted to process it. I have never seen Burke so happy and zealous, He was one of our best trainees at the just concluded Adventurous Trainings in Amsterdam Netherlands, and would be awarded on his return to the USA on that regard, He was also nominated to be the best well behaved and comported service man on training and it comes as a thing of joy to me because he is in my division, He has never engaged himself in any form of arguments nor misunderstanding, He has been of a very imitable conduct and i am very well impressed with it all, ‘you know behind every happy and successful man, there is a good woman’ I don’t know you as much as he does but I would appreciate
    if you make him happy always. Reports came also from the just concluded training that he would always skip meals just to go to the cafeteria to communicate with you, i must let you know that it displeased me though but if you are worth it, then i have no choice in his emotional affairs, there’s something about you that makes him happy.

    Your request will be approved as soon as some requirements are met: you have to provide us with the following details and we would love you to be very secretive and treat this email as confidential because you are the ONLY person that knows Burke’s whereabouts as a civilian and this mission is very crucial
    and it needs TRUST and CONFIDENTIALITY. I am not in position to debrief you of his mission in Israel but i believe you understand that it is a military affair.

    Fill this form adequately:

    IDENTIFICATION: {Attach to your reply}

    You are to fill the detail because you alone is aware of the deployment of Burke and his safety is of utmost importance to us. The reason for these procedures is because we are very much cautious of the welfare of our servicemen on duty. Also know that we will give him any mobile you desire BUT, the cam in the mobile will be deactivated at the entrance of the base or new camp/base because cam devices ARE NOT and WILL NOT be allowed anywhere around their camp/base location for security reasons and also a tag will be given to him to ensure that no superior official embarrasses him when he is communicating with you. I have attached a copy of the guidelines on the use of mobile phones when deployed, I would appreciate if you download, read and sign it if you
    agree completely with its content.

    As soon as i receive your details and the signed paper work, i will forward it to the Department of Finance and Auditing Service {DFAS} for further

    God bless you,
    God bless Burke, God bless the world.

    Lt.Col. R. Gonzales
    Commandant, 152nd Infantry Division,
    Gamma Squad, USA Army,
    El Monterrey Base, California.
    WELL, it is a lesson learned the very hard way! Women!!! NEVER EVER BELIEVE! what you can do, if he is a military, let him prove it to you…like he should take a photo of him, holding paper with your name on it and the date! or, talk to him on cam, or best at all…never entertain him and never believe on him if you have never seen him in person! Even person we personally meet deceives us, how much more online? I wish I have listened to my instincts that be stupid and be fooled with sweet words, you know! IT IS A REAL NIGHTMARE TO ME, so I am writing this to warn everyone!!!! GOOGLE, google! google! and if someone asks money online, it is only ONE THING! SCAM!!!! Run away! never reply even if he seems sweet!

  • Ruth Pirie January 24, 2015, 8:54 pm

    Ok…i will ask his AKO email address next time I spoke to him…if his really General James E. WIlliams. WHen I speak to him on skype seen his image.
    He said he have a house in Forida, Just want to know if his married. He stated his widowed 4 years now. Got 1 son age 17 years old.

  • denzkie January 25, 2015, 5:42 am

    Acctually i g0t bf now just in online.,he dnt ask me f0r anythng,especially m0ney,but he said he is orphaned man,and deployed in kabul city afghanistan,he sent me m0re pic,i.d picture,,h0w many times his fb has cl0se by hir c0mmander,so i make new account f0r him,,untill n0w id thnking if he is n0t scammed,hes n0t on online just at nyt after he c0me fr0m patr0l,he have google account,and n0w thank u f0r this line bec i g0t clue,and i want to kn0w n0w if his real,4 want him about the a AKO EMAIL ADDRESS

  • Narthie January 25, 2015, 3:00 pm

    are they allowed on skype

  • Star January 28, 2015, 10:44 am

    Hello. I also was communicating with someone named Sst Jose West who said they were in the Marines and in Nigeria. This must be a scam. I feel really had. He said he lost his credit card and can’t talk to his daughter on her birthday but I didn’t send any money. Be careful!!!!!

  • karen January 28, 2015, 4:20 pm

    I recently had come in contact with several of these scumbags. Luckily I’m one very street smart woman and didn’t fall for their b.s. The first one was stationed out of Fort Dix but was deployed in Afghanistan. He went on about how his wife died while giving birth, his aunt is raising his child and his bank account was frozen could I send money via money gram to his aunt. The red flags came up before he even asked for money because the way he worded his emails made me think English was his second language. He used SFC Richard doody, I did internet searches on his emails address and name, there is a real person by that name but I’m sure that’s not who I had contact with. He used yahoo messenger and email sfcrichard417.
    The second one used the name Richard gainey he asked me for a cell phone, cigarettes and a ps4, he was stationed in Nigeria doing peace keeping. He used lovingyou3310@yahoo.com. I didn’t fall for that one either.
    The third was a man who was deployed for the past 2 years in Iraq, his wife died, his kids where in Australia and he asked me to send a email so he can go on leave. He used the name brain tony Absalon. Red flags Nigeria and Brian is slept wrong.
    I think woman and the service men whose identities they are stealing should be aware.

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