Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
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The people portrayed on these photos are innocent men and women, NOT involved in scamming in any way and have nothing to do with scammers.
Scams involving Military Personnel Scammers impersonating Military personnel are becoming increasingly common.
The scammers are using their images without their knowledge and permission to deceive their victims and scam them out of money.Like most romance scams, they will be quick to fall in love and display most of the common characteristics of any other African romance scam: Bad English and grammar Not paying much attention to what you say Rarely answering questions Over use of terms such as "babe"Telling you how attractive you are and how much you mean to them often and early Possibly having children at home being looked after by a family member Stolen poetry being sent with claims they wrote it themselves.This scam is performed by male scammers using stolen pictures of male military personnel.There have however been limited reports of scammers pretending to be female military personnel as well.
They will get to know their victims quickly, preferring to use instant messaging to speed the scam up.They will however also use emails only to groom their victims if needed.