Start Online dating scammers using stolen images

Online dating scammers using stolen images

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command warns people involved in online dating to proceed with caution when corresponding with those claiming to be U. “The ‘Soldier’ then begins asking for money for various false, service-related needs such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage, processing and medical fees,” the warning says.

They may have arranged to visit you, but need money to pay for the flight or visa.

They may tell you everything has been booked but their ticket has been stolen, and you need to send money quickly to get them on the next flight.

Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.

“Everyone gets lonely sometimes, and that’s especially true for young warriors, but finding companionship on the net is a risky bet,” he said.

The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.

Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.

There’s also a danger that servicemembers might be drawn into compromising situations through online scams that could be exploited by foreign-intelligence services, he said.