How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Ben Jones Your Own Question

Ben Jones
Ben Jones, Lawyer
Category: Fraud Examiner
Satisfied Customers: 44941
Experience:  Lawyer with fraud examination experience
29905560
Type Your Fraud Examiner Question Here...
Ben Jones is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Is there a scammer going by the name of Lucas Grigsby. Works

Customer Question

Is there a scammer going by the name of Lucas Grigsby. Works for US army, based in Iraq.
That's what he's claiming anyway.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 5 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. What makes you think he is a scammer?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
We're talking online and he says all the right things to me to get me to like him.
Now, he's asking to meet me, to get a leave from his spot in Iraq. To do this I'll need to pay a fee.
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 5 months ago.

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'. In this case I am 100% confident that this person is a scammer and I will explain why below by covering the most common factors that suggest this:

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 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.

5. 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.

6. 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. Here are some examples of these scams: http://marriedtothearmy.com/are-you-dating-an-army-soldier-or-a-fake/

7. 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.

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

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 5 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 5 months ago.

Hello, do you need any further assistance or are you happy with the above response? Look forward to hearing from you.