Thank you, friend.
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.You are being scammed.
A very good, and a very deliberate scam - but a scam nonetheless.
This is a classic romance scam. The romance is normally established online. Normally the scam starts with trying to establish a romantic relationship. The scammer will often claim to have citizenship in US, UK, Germany, Australia, or elsewhere, so you do not suspect ulterior motive. They will often claim to be a U.S. Soldier (see here
Now, after some time building romantic feeling, they will be ready to "come over" from wherever they are "deployed." They may also have gifts for you - cash, gold, bullion, diamond, etc.
That is when the scamming begins. First, they will need money for for the flight. Then perhaps some administrative fees. They may tell you that they have money, but it is tied up. Then, they will claim that they need exit tax, or bribe, or "insurance
," or "proof of income," or something else... if they claim to be a US soldier, it can be "home tax" or whatever they come up with. There is no such thing. This is just another method to steal money from you. They would claim to be flying out.
Then they never arrive and a few days later, a "friend" or "relative" of the scammer contacts you to let you know that he has been detained/arrested by authorities and you need to pay more money. They will keep this going as long as they can... some have lost thousands.
The variation of the romance scam is very broad, and they can be so convincing... but this is a scam, and it is following the textbook model for a "US soldier deployed abroad."
1) No U.S. soldiers fly over UK to get back home from Iraq. Their flights take them over Kuwait. There is no layover in UK for these soldiers;
2) The reason why you never saw them on Skype is because you would immediately see that they are not American
by their background and accent. So they claim that they cannot work their video due to "privacy" or "security" or "it not working" issues. That is false. The photos they have been sending you are FAKE. See here
Now that I have said that, if you still want information about U.S. Citizens being held in the UK, I would be happy to provide it, although I would be amiss not to point out that this is likely a scam. If so, simply let me know via REPLY.
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