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Good evening,I can't say who the person is for real other than they are a scammer. This is a classic military romance scam, a variation on the "advance fee" scams. They meet victims online, spin a story claiming to be a member of the military, and then when they have earned your trust, ask you to wire money or try to get sensitive information from you like your bank accounts or social security numbers.It's such a problem that the army criminal investigation division put out a warning.The scammers are generally in foreign countries -often Nigeria or Ghana. They will steal pictures and names of real military members to make themselves look legitimate. But real military members have official military email addresses, that end in ".mil". Since only military people can get them, it's one sure way to spot a scammer.
Right, all of the information he gave you is fake. He didn't use a travel agent, and he certainly doesn't need money for food or for transfers from the military, etc. The military takes care of all of that -and a real military officer makes good money (my brother is one, I should know). But this is how these criminals work -they are very convincing and they steal a lot of money from victims.Unfortunately, although I've helped probably hundreds of people who are scam victims, I've never known a single one who has gotten their money back. As I said, these scammers are often overseas, outside of U.S. jurisdiction. They tend to work in teams, so the "man" you're talking to is probably several people. They use fake names, change emails and use burner numbers so they can change those regularly. The reason they have you wire money is it cannot be traced or recovered. And scammers are clever enough to sometimes use unsuspecting other victims to receive wired money on their behalf! Truly, they are very, very good at these scams, so don't feel like you are the only person who has ever fallen for it.That said, there's really little you can do at this point. You can file a police report, as well as a complaint online with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov. The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, is a joint task force of the FBI and foreign agencies that work together to try to find and shut down these scams. Scammers are relentless though, and the scams are changing all the time, so where one scam may go away, two more take its place.You may also want to speak to an accountant about claiming the money you sent as a loss on your taxes. It won't get you your money back, but it can reduce tax liability which can reduce what you might owe in taxes or increase your refund slightly.I'm sorry I cannot tell you otherwise.
Oh, okay. Well, I wanted to at least let you know that in case it applied to you.
Anytime a "soldier" asks you for money, they're a fraud. I don't care what they tell you or what documents they show you. I would bet though that this "officer" isn't familiar with military jargon or protocol and I guarantee if you ask him to email you from their military email address (which will end in .mil and is only given to military members) they can't do that.Furthermore, this civilian access card, while a well done fake, has things wrong with it. For example, the expiration date is missing from the top.The bot***** *****ne is, don't keep communicating with this person. They are a scammer. They are not whom they claim to be. The longer you continue to give them money, they more they will keep coming up with excuses for why they need more, until you are left with nothing. Don't respond to any messages, block them if you have to, and they'll soon get the message that you've caught on, and they'll move onto new victims.
Good, glad to hear that.
This person isn't telling you the truth. The driver's license looks real, but that doesn't prove anything. It's easy to print a fake id, change the photo, scan and pass it off as your own.
Very glad to hear it. Once they see that they cannot get any more money out of you, as I said they'll move onto looking for new victims.