The male victims, who think they're talking to a real beauty, may in fact be talking to a male as young as 13 years old.The pictures are stolen from various sites and previous victims. Recently scammers have been using previous victims' photos from dating and social networking sites. All services, all hotel rooms, and all hospital services must be paid for in advance.Romance scammers are in this for one purpose only . Because of the easy money made from victims, scammers are well-to-do respected business men/women who quit their "normal" day jobs. They have a script to follow, just like telemarketers. When they are gone from the computers for any amount of time they are either looking up information in order to answer you or are consulting with a more experienced member of their "team". Internet cafes are shut down to normal business so scammers can do "their jobs". Most households in West Africa and other third world countries cannot afford them nor can they afford the cost of a monthly connection. They take time to respond to you because they are talking to other people.It’s easy to feel bad for the victims here — how could you not?— but there’s something else at stake, too: the security and privacy of our soldiers’ identities.The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.
Well, at least that’s the experience many people have had since the rise of internet dating and the online scams that have followed. Make no mistake about it, these guys are professionals.Don’t get me wrong, the vast majority of members of reputable dating sites (both paid and free) are legitimately looking for a sincere match, but there are red flags that you should look out for when embarking on the journey of online dating for the first time. Red Flag #1 If someone is too interested – too quickly – in getting to know you beyond the safety of your computer, this could indicate a problem.If you have just met someone online and they are trying to encourage a meet-up before you really know them, they may not just be overly eager.After all, every fake profile is created using a real soldier’s picture.According to Grey, this not only harms the reputation of the individual service member, but the reputation of the military as a whole.