Scammers are stealing pictures from real soldiers and posting them online, stringing victims along before asking for money.
“You’re going online looking for love, and you find a guy dressed like a soldier. You’re already thinking, ‘A+ for the military guy’,” David Beasley of BBB in Dallas told Doug Magditch of CW33-TV, Ch. 33 in Dallas - Fort Worth.
But the guy you’re talking to is not the guy in the pictures. Eventually, the scammer asks for money. “Maybe his computer’s broken, and he needs money to fix it. Maybe he says he wants to use the money to come see you. The whole thing plays on your relationship,” Doug Magditch said.
“Anytime you put pictures of yourself out there, or have your name or birth date or any types of this information, it’s vulnerable to having identity thieves,” said Beasley.
“Certainly, people will be moving, in masses online to look for love, and we just ask that consumers be cautious and, especially, anytime you’re sending money to somebody you’ve never met in person,” said Beasley.