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The name he uses is Gary M Scar he says he is a Sargeant and

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The name he uses is Gary M Scar he says he is a Sargeant and is on a special mission in Afghanistan but he uses a email***@******.*** and we talk on viber with a number usage number(###) ###-####718(###) ###-#### ***** he sends me emails on the bottom of his email it says sent from military satellite
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Is he supposed to be in the US Army?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He says he is stationed in Afghanistan
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Are we still on line
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** asked you to do anything for him?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yes, he's asked money for toiletries. I was stupid enough to send funds to western union with a supposedly military agent. This was a Angie L . LESTER in Juliette, GA
Then he asked that I write a letter to his Commander so he can come home. Also asked for money to get home I questoned this so here I am
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
It certainly looks like a scam. The first important thing you should be aware of is that it is never possible to state with certainty whether someone you have met online is genuine or not unless you have actually met them in person. Therefore, there will inevitable be a degree of speculation involved. With the anonymity of the internet, there has been a very significant increase in romance scams that involve military personnel. The main way to identify such scams is not by tracing the person, which as mentioned would often be impossible, but by looking at the overall situation and identifying certain 'red flags'. The most common ones are: 1. You have met this person online, usually through a dating or social networking website, or instant messaging.2. They will claim that they are a serving soldier with the Army and are currently based abroad.3. They will strike a long-distance relationship with you, they are very pleasant and romantic, some even fall in love straight away. They may take time to gain your trust, although often the relationship progresses unnaturally fast.4. They may use a photo of a soldier, although these can easily be obtained over the internet so there is no guarantee that this is the person you have been talking to. I have tried to see if these photos can be traced to someone else but unfortunately no results came back5. They will always use a free email address that is not affiliated to the Army. It may look like it's genuine but it won't be. If they are in the US Army then they will have an official email that ends with "us.army.mil". You can request that they provide you with that address and communicate through it, but often they will refuse to do so.6. You can actually check to see if they are a serving member of the armed forces by going here: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/scraHome.do - you will need their name, date of birth, and Social Security Number, however if they are genuine and have nothing to hide they should not refuse to give you this information.7. They often ask for money, citing various reasons, which usually include: fees to have their leave authorised, travel expenses, etc. However, the golden rule is that soldiers will never be expected to pay to take leave or travel home so none of these requests are genuine.8. They request that the payment is made via some dubious money transfer method, with little or no fraud protection, such as Western Union, Moneygram, etc. These methods are also commonly used as the person on the other side will be extremely difficult to trace If the above looks familiar, chances are that the person you are involved with is a fraudster and you need to proceed with extreme caution, if at all. I strongly suggest you cease all contact with the person and certainly not send anything to them. If you wish to report this scam, you can do so in a number of ways:· You can forward any scam emails and details to:***@******.***· If you have already sent money, contact your local State Attorney General· If the scam originated through the internet, submit a complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) by following this link: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** would like to know if the numbers can be traced from where it is coming from
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
Looks like a cellphone number but without a country code it would be impossible to know
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
Hello, I see you have read my response to your query. If this has answered your question please take a second to leave a positive rating by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars from the top of the page. I spend a lot of time and effort answering individual queries and I am not credited for my time until you leave your rating. If you still need further help please get back to me on here and I will assist as best as I can. Many thanks.
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 9 months ago.
Hello, do you need any further assistance or are you happy with the above response? Look forward to hearing from you.

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