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How to recognize scammers posing as soldiers on dating sites

By meerna Jun25,2024
How to recognize scammers posing as soldiers on dating sites

If you meet someone on social media, on a dating site or app, how can you check if their profile is real? They say they are in the military, but scammers especially like to pretend to be soldiers stationed overseas.

What’s the best way to spot a fake?

The short answer is this: if your online friend asks for money for any reason, he or she is a scammer.

Everything about their posts and profile is meant to seem real. Scammers often steal the names and photos of real soldiers and place them on fake profiles. Their online chats can seem real and quickly turn into a conversation about love and even marriage. However, they have reasons why they cannot meet in person or on video. And the story ends with an urgent need for your “help” (= money). Which, as you know, means it’s a scammer.

Notice these signs of a soldier impersonating an impostor:

  • Their photo is on several profiles on different platforms. Check who you are talking to. Perform a reverse profile photo lookup. Search the name online with the words “scam” and “scam” to see what comes up. If the details don’t match, it’s a scam.

  • They ask you for money. As soon as someone making love online asks for money, the scam bell rings. And if they ask for money via gift cards, bank transfer, payment apps like Apple Pay, CashApp, PayPal and Zelle, or cryptocurrency, all the scam bells are ringing.

If you think someone is a scammer, cut off contact. Notify the social media platform, website or dating app, then notify the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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By meerna

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