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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.
Anyone in the US Army would not do this, which is the first thing - they have no jurisdiction to a) threaten someone in the UK with prison, and b) able to make such threats as they are not in the Police Force. If they contacted you out of the blue this is another red flag - if you are genuinely concerned then please call the Police on the 101 number to report this as it is highly likely to be a scam. You should also change your email passwords and any online banking passwords - if you continue to correspond with the person who is trying to scam you, they will ask for your bank details next and demand you pay them. You just need to block them.
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Thanks, ***** ***** this I am sure that you are being scammed.
The first thing to do is to report this to the Police and to Action Fraud so that you can obtain a crime reference number. The Action Fraud website where you can report the crime is here: Action Fraud
Once you have done that then see if your bank or credit card company can do a charge-back. The bank can charge-back up to 120 days from the date you sent money or paid money to a scammer, or from the date you first noticed the problem.
Yes, you have protection with PayPal - you just need to open a dispute with PayPal so if you log in -
I don't think it would have any impact - the general rule is you speak to the authorities in the country where the victim is, which in your case would be Action Fraud UK.