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Is it true that army in Syria have to pay for leave to come home or is this a scam.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because consumer protection law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Damascus I believe

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?

Supposedly a captain Benson Peters but the whole thing seems weird to me.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No just wanna know if real or scam since scams are everywhere

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Military Law
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Military Lawyer: Zoey, JD, Attorney replied 7 months ago
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I'm Zoey.

I've reviewed your post. Please be patient as I may need to research for you, and it also takes time to compose and type a reply.

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Military Lawyer: Zoey, JD, Attorney replied 7 months ago

You have fallen for an internet military scammer. How do I know that?

First of all, he's asked you for money. A real soldier in a war zone has no need of money. He draws a fine salary he can access from anywhere in the world and he has no expenses. His room, board, transportation and medical expenses are all taken care of, courtesy of the US government. He even gets extra pay for being in combat.

Most military romance scammers are actually Nigerians. The military romance fraud is one of their specialties. As good as they are at sweeping you off of your feet, they don't know a thing about the US military.

Here's all you need to know about military romance scams:

- Soldiers in a war zone cannot internet date.

- Soldiers in a war zone CANNOT REVEAL THEIR ACTUAL LOCATION.

-- Soldiers in a war zone ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE MOBILE PHONES.

-- They must use their official military email addresses for all communication, and they only get a half hour online per week for all of their correspondence.

All of the above restrictions are required for national security reasons and they get enforced. YOU'D HAVE NEVER HEARD FROM THIS PERSON IN THE FIRST PLACE IF HE WERE REALLY SERVING NOW IN SYRIA.

Soldiers earn leave the way that civilians earn vacation time -- from their time spent in the military. It's theirs. They own it. They do not have to pay to take it. Civilians cannot request leave for any soldier. All the soldier has to do is to apply for it himself and it's granted.

Soldiers in war zones use US Military mail. They must for security reasons. They don't use FedEx, UPS or anything else in that vein in Syria and they have no access to "diplomatic couriers."

The US Army pays for a soldier's transportation. They also pay for his medical care and his family's.

Here's a warning from the US Army itself about such scams, and if after reading my entire answer you don't know whether to believe me or not, hopefully, you will believe them.

http://www.army.mil/article/67457/

Here's an article from a soldier's wife, that's also instructive.

http://marriedtothearmy.com/are-you-dating-an-army-soldier-or-a-fake/

If you need to be convinced with firmer proof, try these tips as they are FOOLPROOF:

1) Ask your scammer for his official military email address. This is not classified information. A real US soldier may have a classified email address as well, but he also has a regular military email address with which he writes to his friends and family. Every soldier does because it is the only one he is supposed to use. When he gives his email address to you, it should end in .mil It will NOT end in .com In other words, it should look like Beson.Peters @us.army.mil

If the email address doesn't end in us.army.mil on the extreme right side of the @ sign, he is a fake. Only US servicemen can get a .mil email address, and if he can't produce one that you can email him back and forth with, he's scamming you. Period.

There are ways they can fake that on the sending end but not on the return, so if he emails you from what appears to be a us.army.mil email address, when you go to reply, you need to type his .mil email address in manually. If it kicks back or he never receives it, he's a fake.

2) Get his full name, army identification number and date of birth and enter it on the US Military's website. This too, is not classified information and, in fact, would be information he'd have to disclose if he were ever captured.

The site I am linking you to below will tell you if he is a soldier. If he won't give you the information you need to use the site, then you know he's a scammer. He has no reason to refuse to give it to you. If he does but the site doesn't recognize him or contradicts what he's told you, that tells you he's a scammer too.

https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/single_record.xhtml

The above are foolproof. If he can't or won't give you what you ask for then he's a fake, no matter what else he tries to say or show you.

This last doesn't always work, but when it does it's really dramatic:

3) Upload his photo to Google's Search by Image and see if the same photo is being used all over the web on a bunch of different names and profiles. If you can't figure out how to use Search by Image you can send the photo to me through customer service and I can do this for you.

Once you believe he is a scammer, cease all contact with him. Report him to your local police, to the FBI at IC3.gov and to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. That's where the Army wants these predators reported.

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Military Lawyer: Zoey, JD, Attorney replied 7 months ago

Just checking in to see if you need more help or any clarification of my answer. If so, please reply here on this question thread.

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