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Does this person claim to be a US soldier stationed in South Africa? What do they do in South Africa? What sort of equipment?
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This is definitely a scam if he claims to be stationed in South Africa because, other than US Embassy marines, the US has no troops stationed in South Africa.
Also, if he were stationed in S Africa, his equipment would go through military channels. It would not be held up in customs and certainly not be his expense to get released.
It is a lie. He is not a US soldier.
The US has no soldiers on special assignment or regular assignment in S Africa.
If he were in the military he would be prohibited from being on chat lines or revealing his location for security reasons. An active duty soldier also may not reveal their full name to someone they have not met. If you did meet online, all you would ever know would be his first name, never his full name, rank and location. Real soldiers know this - scammers do not.The Army and others have issued many warnings about fake soldiers on dating and social networking sites:
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