Being in love with someone from the military always brings about challenges of its own. It’s not an easy task, what with all the deployments, the distance, and the stress. What shouldn’t be part of those challenges, however, is your partner not existing at all or constantly asking you for money. If that’s the case, you might be a victim of military scams.
The internet is rife with dating and romance scams, and military scams are a scammer’s most favorite. Not only does it provide scammers with the perfect excuse for why they’re unable to meet their victim, but it also gives them the opportunity to get their sympathy and admiration. This way, scammers don’t have to talk to their “date” as often as one might in normal situations.
How To Know You’re a Part of Military Scams
There are many telling signs that give away whether someone is an actual member of the military or a scammer looking to make you part with your money. Be wary of anyone who doesn’t want to talk to you on the phone, even if they say it’s for “security reasons.” Some of the things the U.S. Military’s website recommends keeping an eye out for are:
- They never talk to you on the phone or video call.
- They ask you for money for travel expenses, food, or anything of that nature. Military personnel deployed around the world do not need outside help to have their needs met or to feed and clothe their troops.
- If they say they need to pay to go on leave, they’re lying.
- They claim that they need to pay to retire early, need permission to get married, or need to pay for time off.
- They say they need money to cover medical expenses — all soldiers and other personnel in the military have medical insurance that takes care of them no matter where they are in the world.
- They are very quick to show affection, call you “darling” or profess their love to you.
- They say they’re from the military, but their English doesn’t sound like that of a native speaker’s.
If you see any of these signs in your partner, they may be a scammer instead of a member of the U.S. Military. You can find the truth behind your military interest with the help of Social Catfish’s AI-based search engine. We use our powerful engine to look through global public databases, photos, and much more to verify if the person you’re looking for is real or not. You can search by email, run a reverse image search on photos, or even search by name to find out the truth.
What Does a Military Romance Scammer Want?
Military scammers usually want your money and information. They spend the money on themselves to support their own lavish lifestyle, and they either sell your personal information on the dark web or use it to commit identity theft. When you start talking to someone from the military, or even on a dating site in general, be very picky with who you share your personal information with, and never give them your financial information to avoid military scams.
What To Do If You’ve Been Scammed
If you’ve been scammed, file a report with the police at the first instance. Keep a record of all your correspondence and any information they’ve provided about themselves. Report the scam to the Internet Crime Complaint Centre, or file a complaint online.
Any information about military scams, no matter how insignificant, can help the police track them down if they’re in the same country. Chances are slim that they’ll be caught if they’re not, though.
Additionally, look for support with your friends and family. Being scammed is nothing to be ashamed of, and there are millions of people who fall victim to the same kind of scams worldwide.
Social Catfish is Here to Help You!
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who might seem suspicious to you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the suspected person was that you’ve been in contact with after reading about military scams. If you were involved in a scam, make sure to report it to the FTC as well.