In 2012, online dating scams — at least the ones that were reported — cost Americans more than million, according to statistics from the multi-agency Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Many of these cases have a distinct pattern to them, explained Grey.
“These are not soldiers, they are thieves,” he said.
He says he was deployed to Africa about three weeks ago, and kept asking about the money. His response was that he could not take the texting, so I said I guess that meant that we were over. You see, he is deployed and he needs my help financially or he cannot come home from downrange and see me for his R&R because he has to pay his fees. This man is the love of my life and I really want to be with him.
He responded that he would rather forget about the phone than to lose me. His commander contacted me and said he still needs $12,000 before he can be released. He has been through so much on these deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have been communicating online for the past year.