70-year-old widow duped out of $225K in military romance scam
Online Dating Scams and the Military
The U. Military has added a new line to our defense budget: Internet dating scam prevention. Although it's certainly not its only function, the army's Criminal Investigation Command has seen its caseload boom with complaints from women who say they've been scammed by thieves passing themselves off as American soldiers. By posing as troops stationed in countries like Iraq or Afghanistan, these scammers profess their undying love to hapless consumers on internet dating sites, the Daily Finance's Loren Berlin reported.
Updated May 31, Each week he's contacted by new women from around the world who have fallen in love with him and, in some cases, emptied their bank accounts for him. They've committed everything, all their financial resources, and now to find out that it's not true, it was all fake," he told Four Corners. The real Bryan Denny is a happily married family man in the US state of Virginia who has unwittingly become the poster boy for military romance scams.
A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victim's money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers ; or forcing the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf. Romance scammers create personal profiles using stolen photographs of attractive people for the purpose of asking others to contact them.