Military on line dating

“[In] the military you have a young population on the web. But the low-priced car never arrives and the easy-to-find apartment they've rented is already occupied. “It’s especially despicable it’s directed at our service members at a time they’ve been risking their lives for us overseas for several years,” Petraeus said.

has the most robust and powerful military in the world, and though its fighting men and women can win wars, they often appear defenseless against popular online scams. Service members are targeted by websites that claim to offer special military discounts on everything from cars to apartments for rent. civilians under the same guise of patriotism, Christopher Grey, spokesman for the U. Scammers prey on the victims’ “kindness, patriotism and (sometimes) romance,” which compromises the good name of the military, Grey explained.

All branches of the United States military maintain regulations that govern dating, and any fraternization, among both officers and enlisted soldiers.

Since 1984, improper fraternization has been recognized as a punishable offense. military also has regulations regarding marriage among officers or enlisted soldiers. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have regulations in place prohibiting this activity as a kind of fraternization.

“They [build] up a huge story about who they are, they are heroes and serving the country,” Grey said. “They are very poetic, they are very savvy,” Grey said.

“People fall for the ploy, and some people are sending them money.” Scammers ask for everything from laptop computers to money for airfare so they can fly back to the U. “Luring these women in and they take them for their money.” Victims have been cheated out of up to ,000.

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Grey says they sometimes ask for money for medical bills, but usually they are only contacting the family to scare them as an anti-war protest.

Similarly, others offer military members a special discount for serving their country.

More disturbingly, the scammers are offering low-priced vehicles because a U. military member who died in combat owned the vehicle and the family wants to get rid of it fast.

“It’s very difficult to track these people down so we feel prevention is the cure.” Following are some of the most common military Internet scams, according to Grey and Petraeus: Online Dating Scams: These are the latest and most popular to hit the web.

Scammers, usually out of Ghana or Nigeria steal identities of real soldiers on social networking sites like Facebook and My Space and pose as military members.

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