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Please can you tell me what contact you have had from this person and why you may be concerned about him?
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Many thanks for your patience. The first important thing you should be aware of is that it is never possible to state with certainty whether someone you have met online is genuine or not unless you have actually met them in person. Therefore, there will inevitably be a degree of speculation involved.
With the anonymity of the internet, there has been a very significant increase in romance scams that involve military personnel. The main way to identify such scams is not by tracing the person, which as mentioned would often be impossible, but by looking at the overall situation and identifying certain 'red flags'. The most common ones are:
1. You have met this person online, usually through a dating or social networking website, or instant messaging.
2. They will claim that they are a serving soldier with the Army and are currently based abroad.
3. They will strike a long-distance relationship with you, they are very pleasant and romantic
4. They will always use a free email address that is not affiliated to the Army. It may look like it's genuine but it won't be. If they are in the US Army then they will have an official email that ends with "us.army.mil". You can request that they provide you with that address and communicate through it, but often they will refuse to do so.
5. You can actually check to see if they are a serving member of the armed forces by going here: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/scraHome.do - you will need their name, date of birth, and Social Security Number, however if they are genuine and have nothing to hide they should not refuse to give you this information.
6. They often ask for money, citing various reasons. Never ever send money to someone who says they are in Army and you have not met personally – the Army looks after their soldiers very well and they would not be asking for cash from anyone, ahetever reasons they come up with
7. They request that the payment is made via some dubious money transfer method, with little or no fraud protection, such as Western Union, Moneygram, etc. These methods are also commonly used as the person on the other side will be extremely difficult to trace
If the above looks familiar, chances are that the person you are involved with is a fraudster and you need to proceed with extreme caution, if at all. I strongly suggest you cease all contact with the person and certainly not send anything to them.
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