Using various dating apps and services, these scammers will sell you a sob story about needing money or your social security number.
They may warm you up with pleasant conversation at first, but it will eventually turn into a ploy to get something from you.
It may come in the form of a request for bank account information, your social security number, or straight money.
Though the notion of a mail-order bride may seem like a thing of the past, a newer form — an email order bride — has emerged with the birth of the world wide web.
First off, according to National Organization for Women’s Sonia Ossorio in 2011, “The mail-order bride industry is a softer version of human trafficking.” However, service members make for attractive targets because of the expedient citizenship or green card processes.
Whether you’ve been taken advantage of by a handsy strip club employee, or swindled into sending money abroad to save someone from destitution, there is no shortage of creative romance scamming designed to trick service members, or mislead civilians into thinking they’re falling for fake soldiers or sailors.