Repeatedly I warn not to get involved in the following scam: A guy, mostly US army, wants to marry you after one or two emails. Mostly he claims to be a single dad and/or widow and sooner or later he asks for money to call you, fix the car, medical cost or for his kid. Those are scammers with stolen identities from Facebook.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
• DON'T EVER SEND MONEY! Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.
• If you do start an internet-based relationship with someone, check them out, research what they are telling you with someone who would know, such as a current or former service member.
• Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail. Servicemen and women serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address. Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.
• Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality - check the facts.
• Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company. Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.
• And again: DON'T SEND MONEY.
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