The fraudsters often take the name and rank of a US soldier who is serving with the Army and use photos of soldiers taken from the internet, including from genuine profiles on social networking websites.After building up an online relationship with their victim, the fraudsters make a request for money.Lilo Schuster was in her mid-40s, single, and looking for love.After years of bad luck with dating, she, like millions of people across the globe, started using online dating sites to meet new people. Air Force pilot deployed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.The scammer was using the same pilot story and the “same exact pictures” that were used with her.If you suspect you're being scammed, do not send money abroad and contact local authorities or postal inspectors.
Some fraudsters have also said they need to purchase special laptops, international telephones and transport fees to be used by the soldier when they are deployed to Afghanistan, or elsewhere overseas.A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.In all, she sent about ,000, and almost immediately after she sent the last wire, he stopped emailing her.“My heart just sank and I thought, this doesn't seem right,” she said. Grey says he has personally spoken to women who've given more than ,000 to someone that they've never met in person. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.