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People need to know that unscrupulous individuals are stealing the good name of soldiers to manipulate people and take their money.
Dating scams are getting more and more sophisticated.
“What's funny is that the officiant at our wedding joked that when she asked us to submit our vows, both of us wrote novels to one another,” says Ariella.
“She literally said, ‘I hope everyone is comfortable in their seats, because these are long.’ I guess that was always our habit!
No longer are fake profiles sparse on details and lacking in the supporting information, friends, or activity that makes them easy to spot. When Phoebe was approached by a soldier based in Afghanistan, she had no idea that she was about to fall victim to one of the most common - and underhanded - dating scams around.
Melanie Daria, one of Trustify’s private investigators, first saw Peter’s profile when it was sent to her by Phoebe, a client.
Moreover, the chaotic lives and limited lines of communication that real active duty servicemen have provides cover for scammers to keep conversations with victims text-based. "In the end, she confronted Peter with what my research had found, and of course he denied it.” Even more shockingly, the scammer responded to the accusation by claiming that his account was hacked.
Despite the profile having recent activity, posts from what appeared to be a continuous deployment, and even comments and praise from friends, there were plenty of signs that Peter’s identity had been faked.“You’d at least expect to see plenty of activity from loved ones, as well as posts about important life events like the birth of a niece or nephew, or the birthday of a sibling or parent.” Additionally, the man was claiming to be in his 50s, an appropriate dating age bracket for Phoebe, the client.
However, the photos show a man who can’t be much older than his early to mid-30s.
“When I messaged her, I didn't want it to be a shallow, ‘Hey, what’s up’ message,” says Ariella.
“So I wrote her the equivalent of an essay…” Luckily Dana responded with a message of a similar word count, and the two continued exchanging novel-length notes until their first date — and well beyond.
” Photos by Rachel Rossetti Photography Love at First Site Asia Lloyd and Drew Donegan were both tired of attempting to find romance in bars so they thought they’d give online dating a try.