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 "Online scams target lonely hearts with troops' photos&

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CowboyBuck
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

CNN discovers that "Online scams target lonely hearts with troops' photos"

I am shocked SHOCKED!

CNN article:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/27/romance.scam/index.html

"who he said are likely based in western Africa"

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for posting that, Cowboy Buck. While romance scams have been around for a long time, we've seen a huge increase in the number of victims of this type of scam in which a romance scammer plays a US soldier. I'm familiar with the blog mentioned in the article, soldiersperspective. We've talked to some of the same victims as they have. The victim that Bluth interviewed for his radio show a couple of weeks ago was a victim of this type of scam.

We have an a very good informational topic at SWs, which was a collaborative effort by many support team members: http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6528

This scam varies from the standard romance scams because the scammer often asks for money for a special satellite phone so that he and the victim can stay in touch.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The ones who pretend they are soldiers really piss me off. And not just US soldiers but any country's military. If you put any of these assholes in a battle situation, they'd run in the opposite direction like the pieces of shit they are.

OK enough of my rant.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

^^I totally agree! I served eight years (peace time thankfully), but I'm a vet, and I hate it when someone pretends they served.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What do you have to do to get chocolate, flowers and teddy bears from a scammer?
Although I'm really only interested in the chocolate. Yummy!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

This annoys the hell out of me. As a serving soldier it really pisses me off to see people pretend to be suffering from war, and giving the whole military sob story.

I've done 4 tours (Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Afghanistan), and I'll freely admit none of them were a picnic. But to then use this to scam generous, sympathetic people really grinds my gears.

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