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While plenty of successful relationships begin online, scammers also use online dating sites, apps, and chat rooms to trick you into sending them money. These imposters create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. It’s a big problem: reports to the FBI about online romance scams tripled between 2012 and 2016, and imposter scams were among the top reports to the Federal Trade Commission for both the general population and the military community.

These scams can take a military angle with imposters stealing servicemembers’ photos to create phony profiles. They might claim to be servicemembers who can’t get into their accounts overseas or who need money fast. The first sign of a scam is an online love interest who asks for money. But the Army’s Criminal Investigative Service (CIS) says that the military doesn’t charge servicemembers to go on leave, get married, communicate with their family, go online, or feed and house themselves on deployment. We have also heard of scammers re-using servicemembers’ photos again and again, so it can be helpful to do some online research on the love interest’s name, photos, and details to check the story out.

If an online love interest asks you for money:

  • Slow down and talk to someone you trust. These scammers want to rush you, often professing love right away; or pressuring you to move your conversation off the dating site.
  • Never wire money, put money on a gift card or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back.
  • If you sent money to a scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible.
  • Report your experience to the dating site and to the FTC.

For Military Consumer Month, share this video to help military consumers steer clear of online romance scams.

 

 

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I have been approached by a Jack Thomas. Originally in Las Vegas. Works on oil rig. Now in Scotland

I got mail some days ago from girl called Christina Scott.
She tells me she is working for US army nurse at yemen.
She got box of money recently , they are six officer paertner.
She want to send that box at my home safely.later she will get it from me.
I asked her details
She haven't send me any mail later.

Ok i had a guy ask me the samething send boxes to my home with money in it about 7 thousand he is on instragram. We have the same person ty He goes by Michealfroome it is shipped by Dubai. You will recieve info from this company . so i been talking to a girl. Instrgram says cantnsend picture in real time like face time camera doesnt work. I think we have the same person

Have anyone talked to a man name Rogers Brown? Claims he is in the military in Syria?

Pierce Brosnan tried to steal money from me but I was smarter than him. He said he didnt trust anyone but me, and asked me to pay a clearance and delivery of a briefcase with a very important document in it and 450000 USD. I played his game until I got tired and he said to me bad names. By the way, he said he loved me so much! I had very good time playing his game and pretending I believed everything he said to me. He is on Twitter as Pierce Brosnan_1 and he chats by Hangouts. Be careful ladies!!

I have met someone but we talk on the phone a lot and video chat so he is the person that is in the photos. He is very handsome and kind. He also has 2 kids and I text with them. If the video chat and the photos match it really seems legit. He's from another country. Can anyone give me their opinion? I really care for him. Am I safe since I have seen and video chats with him? Please if you have chated with the person in the picture and then he turned out to be a scam please help me out.

It’s hard to tell even if you talk to him live on a video they can still scam you. Just don’t send money until you met them in person or at least get to know the person. If he is really a nice person you don’t ask money from a lady you never met in person anyway

Hey, I am currently talking too a guy from Rumson, NJ. He sends pic of him and his 2 boys. His wife dies 3 year ago in Car crash and sister died of Cancer a year later. I talk with him frequently and he travels for work. He said he forgot too get game card for his kids and asked me too help out. I told him i couldnt do but a little amount. He said dont worry about it because he found a place that carried what he needed for them but he appreciated me trying. Is this same guy you are talking about goes by the name of Matt Stovall?

I feel like I’m being scammed I’ve been talking to someone that I met on POF for months he almost right away asked for iTunes cards or money he’s also ask me to Byam a phone because something happened to his He claims he’s a captain in the army in the special delta force is based in California but was on a mission in France goes by the name Larry Collins Banes can’t find anything about him online he has a Facebook profile but nothing on there he says he never uses it or goes on there
The phone he supposedly calls me from is one of those voip phones
He claims he was born in the Netherlands but has lived in the United States since he was about 15 both parents are dead and he has a child here
Unfortunately there’s not really a way to prove that someone is in the military unless you can call someone that is willing to tell you but most the time they won’t as that’s confidential info
Does this name or story sound familiar To anyone I’m desperately trying to find out please if you have any similarities or information message

A person who is really in the US military has an email address that ends in ".mil" with no other letters after that.

A real member of the US military should be able to send you an email from his military email address.

 

 

i also fell victim to the same plots as you guys. but my case is different. i met the guy we even went out a few times. but then he told me he was deep in debt and couldnt spend alot on me. i believed him and appreciated his honesty. i also believed and trusted that he was for real. then he asked me for 400dollars to sort out an emergency which i gave to him. then the following week he asked for 200 dollars and promised it would be the last time and i obliged. things went on smoothly and soon we were talking about how we had fallen in love with each other and how we would go on holiday together etc. A month later he asked me to assist him clear some of his credit card debts that amounted to 40,000 dollars. he said he only needed 10,000 dollars from me which i gave to him willingly. shortly after, he asked me to give him 4000 dollars again claiming that he had miscalculated how much he owed. This time i declined and told him he needed to figure out how to sort out his messes since he was the man. He hasn't texted me again since. So i guess he never really loved me like he claimed he did. I am disappointed and hurt but i know i will get over it because i will not allow it to take over my sanity or my happiness in life. Am glad am alive and that is money i can always make again. I hope he never dupes anyone else again though.

I got hit up by a "Soldier on a peacekeeping mission in Syria." He was on Plenty of Fakes, lol. After 2 days he alluded to the fact that he was ready to get out. He was a widow. Attractive pics but did not look like a native, and knew nothing about natives. When I questioned about his own tribe, he had to go. Within two days his profile had been taken down . Alledgedly from Virginia but low and behold, no FB in Virginia.By now he is in love and wants to come HERE. I believe he would have quickly asked me for money.I called him on his verbage . Also on the fact that we didn't even have any troops in Syria. "Do you like to wear polo shirts and dungarees or dress up all shining for your man?"What? When I suggested he talk to other people, he was like, " How can you do this to me, life without love is like a zither without strings". Say what? 99% of American serviceman do not know that a friggin zither is, but I do. It's a Middle Eastern instrument.By Boi!

Has any been in contact with Robert Brooke Bergen nj

wife killed in car accident 3yrs ago? sister died of cancer? 2 boys? possibly the guy i met Matt

A friend is being scammed by a Roy Benjamin Allen who is suppose to be in a hospital in Syria. He said his account is frozen and needs more money for a plane ticket and food. Plus over 3000 for surgery for his kidneys or he will die. I tried to talk her out if sending more money but she's in love. Please help

Has anyone been scammed by
Jessica richard

I have a man who is trying to scam me. His name is Presley Davidson and used all of the signs of a scammer on me. Fortunately I got smart earl on but he was very hard to resist. Too good to be true kind of thing.

FB request, fast talker. I played his game and of course send me a picture of his self, He was so so no model for sure. He will sweet talk you, that he is at high sea. No contact possible with his Bank account. Started out with 200 with a itune card. Of course that amount got higher 500 Walmart card. I finally confronted him with that he was scanning me and I didn't give him money. He told me off and I told him off also. Same stories watch out ladies and guys. They dont care about your feelings. They are after your money. TIM LEVIN is the guy that contacted me.

Any one hear of the name Carson James in the US Army. My friend is being scammed.

My daughter is talking to a guy called Brian Wale he sometimes uses Brian Anderson, he says his wife died during child birth, he sells generators he is now in Turkey, she met him on POF wondering if any one else has been scamed by him.

Can you please send me pic of him i believe i am talking to him now

My mom is being scammed. Has anyone heard of the name Ray Kosgas. He says he is over in cape town South Africa using the email greeceray @gmail. com she has sent him 23,000 and still doesn’t believe he is a scam. He says he lives in GA but stuck over there because of work and can’t get back. Please help if you have talk to this man

Has anyone been in contact with a person named Claud May? He claims he is in the marines. His IG name is Cruzz_188. He says they are in Africa on a mission. He is always requesting steam wallet gift cards to give to his colleague for using his internet while there.

This guy supposedly named Richard Medina or Richard Josiah Medina says he’s in the army and needs a steam gift card for his sons birthday. He’s way sexy boy I’ve caught him in multiple lies and his accent is not American by far. Anyone know anything please help because I am falling for him :-(

I think I know you’re talking about even send me a picture of the young child if you want to contact me we can swap pictures and see if we have the same guy.

Hello... Yes please let me know how i cam contact you He has just started to tall to me. N showed me pics of his son. Very handsome.. looks like the rook has tattoos n said he needed a Google play card. JOSIAH MEDINA. CORAL SPRINGS

Yes, he's a scammer. He is talking to me. Asked for 100 because he's in Germany and his bank card is locked. Said he'd send me money back on Monday. Gets upset when you tell him no.

My friend is talking to a guy named medina who is in the army, has a son, w a florida number... can anyone send me a pic of the guy u r talking about?

Did you find anything out about this guy? A similar guy is contacting me. He calls himself Jackson Medina and has a son by the name Josiah.

Looks like a scam let's talk

Josiah logan medina is asking me to get a steam card for his sons birthday. I also have a Joel Stephen asking about marriage.

Hello, it sounds like the same guy I have come across. I met him on Hinge and he immediately wanted to chat on Whatsapp and deleted his profile. After 5 days of chatting he asked if I could help him out with getting a steam gift card for his son. I told him no and then he tried asking me again and I sent him an image about a scam and he got upset.

Sounds like this guy i met named Josiah Medina on Hinge. Do you have a pic?

Medina Martinssen with a son named Josiah got me for $50 game card

Hi, I have a pic of him and his son. I’m thinking it’s the same person can we swap pics

I'm also talking to that guy...profile on tinder... named himself Martin. Son is 8.. tried calling on WhatsApp...didnt work... added me on hangouts: medinajosiah64@
When he started saying he is worried about his son... tried to get him an online game card...he got deducted a few times... I got suspicious about the "deducted "...an American world not say it like that... the number he gave me: +1(774)4219132... I found the pictures he had on tinder when I googled his sons name... definitely a big SCAM!!

Hey,
The name I got was Medina Richard and has a son named Josiah. Can we swap pics to see if it’s the same guy?

Yup! He changed his name to Nelson Medina

Same guy tried me on Hinge. Went by Jos (short for Josiah I was told), his pictures showed last name Medina. He gasses you up with an hour of texting, goes cold for a couple of days, then warms you back up and asks for the playstation giftcard.

Can you send me a pic? I just met someone online with the name Josiah Medina on hinge.

Is he an Army combat medic? Yeah, he’s a scammer. He sweet talks to you and then makes you feel like you’re not trying to help a man in need who is serving his country. He asked me for 100 steam gift card and then said he was going to wire the money and I never got anything. I only told him to send it through Zelle. No bank info was given. But he made excuses so I started digging on the Internet.

I too became a of victim of Josiah Medina. We met on Hinge. He went by Jos. I started to talking to him on Kik. He asked for money because he had to submit papers for his travel back. I fell for the bait. He is smooth and persistent. Said he would paypal the money back, no response after that. It makes me sick to my stomach. I am a single mom and I just thought that maybe he was a good person. I googled him after he stopped talking to me after I sent the money. I came across this string of comments. I can't stop beating myself up for being so naive.

Yes he tried it on me? Wonder if it’s the same guy

This guy is going on online dating websites and trying to hook women straight away...hasn't asked me for money yet but my suspicions made me do intensive search into him and found this website! listen to your intuition ladies.

Omg does he talk to you ladies on hangouts??? Or text you from a Florida number.

He text using a Florida number

Look him up on IG under Josiah Medina. He has several accounts. He was on FB under Josiah Medina.

I've been talking to him for months finally got fed up with the lies I Called him a scammer and he blocked me

Look at the back ground in pics he sends same back ground with black curtain

Is this Medina person black based on online profile? I was talking to a Collin Medina also known as Richard Medina Collin. I think he is working with a team. They use his pics but different person on the phone and most likely different person texting me.

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