After More Than 20 Years Of This Type Of Scam Fake Military Impersonation Scams Are Still Very Common, Especially With European, Latin American, And Asian Victims
Military impersonation scams are a type of online relationship scam or fraud where scammers create fake profiles on social media or dating websites using stolen photos of military personnel.
They then pose as deployed soldiers in conflict areas (Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) in order to gain the trust of their victims, often women and men who are looking for love or companionship by luring them in and grooming them. Once they have gained the victim’s trust the manipulation begins until the criminals are in full control, the scammers will ask for money or personal information. They may claim that they need money to pay for their deployment expenses, to obtain leave to come and visit the victim, or they cannot buy food, for a gift for a child, to smuggle gold or gems out of the country, or they may ask for the victim’s banking information in order to send them a “gift.”
These scams can be very convincing, as scammers often take the time to create detailed profiles and backstories. However, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from falling victim to a military impersonation scam:
IF ANY SOLDIER DEPLOYED OVERSEAS ASKS YOU FOR MONEY THEY ARE 100% A SCAMMER!
With over ONE BILLION (more than 1,000,000,000) fake identities online, there are plenty of scammers to go around. 1 Billion is AFTER the social media companies delete nearly 1 billion a year! That is how big this all is! And there are nearly a million new victims a year. You are far from being alone in this.
The Odds Are Nearly 100% That The Soldier Who Contacted You Out Of The Blue Is A Scammer!
If you think you have been the victim of a military impersonation scam, you should report it to the authorities and to the website, dating app, or platform where you met the scammer.