Hundreds, or perhaps thousands of scammers take advantage of military attraction to separate unsuspecting targets from their money.
Here’s how they work: Con artists working out of Internet cafÃ©s often in Africa troll through dating sites, Facebook and other websites, striking up acquaintances with lonely people, usually women.
There is something about men in uniform and perhaps women in uniform that is appealing and romantic.
They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.
The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.