Scammers Pretending to be U.S. Military Members, Fighting Overseas
NBCRightNow.com - The Oregon Attorney General's Office says people across the country are falling for scams where the scammer pretends to be a U.S. Military member and fighting overseas.
The scammer finds the victim on a dating website, tugs on their heart strings, and then quickly begins to ask for money. A spokesperson from the Attorney General's Office says the scammers pretend to be solider's overseas, so they have an excuse for not having more contact.
"If someone told me, 'well I can't call you from Afghanistan because we're not allowed to use phones, I can only text and e-mail you,' I would believe that. Part of that is, if you never talk to somebody on the phone, how do you know they really exist," said Ellen Klem, spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office.
Klem says an Oregon woman recently lost over $700,000 to this scam and will likely never see that money again.
To avoid becoming a victim, Klem says to beware of someone who falls in love quickly, and starts asking for money, and to never send money to someone you've never met in person.