The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.
While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love.
She asked to speak with him in person or via Skype, but the man said that wasn't allowed.
Not only does this hurt the victim, but it damages the reputation of the United States Military member. Even so, a military member legitimately looking for Mr. Right on the internet, is now up for a lot of investigation into, "Are You Real?
He is a lieutenant colonel in the army and stationed at Fort Campbell.
We have been communicating online for the past year.
I receive a TON of e-mails per year from victims asking for help (because they knew I always wanted to be a spy).
Unfortunately, by the time the money leaves their hands, it is gone forever. The scammers use internet cafes and reroute money multiple times to untraceable sources, and therefore, their true identity cannot be discovered.
A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam.