Soldier dating scam

03 Sep

A Syracuse resident was on a dating site and saw what appeared to be the profile of a soldier in Afghanistan. Army has issued a warning to those who may have ever met a service member on a dating site or social media.In today's digital age, online predators and scammers have become more clever than an email from a Nigerian Prince asking for money.Now that Valentine's Day is fast approaching, Special Agents with the Army Criminal Investigation Command are anticipating an increase in "romance scam" reports.In that con, businessmen were contacted by an individual allegedly trying to smuggle someone that is connected to a wealthy family out of a prison in Spain.In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.Victims of these scams have reported losing thousands of dollars.

If you suspect that you may be a victim, contact the authorities as soon as possible and immediately cease all correspondence with the suspected scammer.

Other official-looking letters were sent from a writer who said he was a director of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

He said he wanted to transfer million to the recipient’s bank account – money that was budgeted, but was never spent.

While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they originate in other nations as well.

In 2006, 61% of internet criminals were traced to locations in the United States, while 16% were traced to the United Kingdom, and 6% to Nigeria.