In all, she sent about ,000, and almost immediately after she sent the last wire, he stopped emailing her.“My heart just sank and I thought, this doesn't seem right,” she said. Grey says he has personally spoken to women who've given more than ,000 to someone that they've never met in person. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.Look out for inconsistencies Grey told VOA there are several red flags to watch for when cyber scammers are looking for targets.
Schuster noticed that her suitor had bad grammar, but that didn't really bother her because her immigrant father had poor grammar as well.A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.Multi-million-dollar scamming industry For Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey, Schuster's story is all-too familiar. His office has received calls from the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia — all from women who thought they were in love with a U. They steal soldiers' photos from social media, create a fake backstory and profile for the photographs and then target unsuspecting women on online dating sites.The scams tend to pick up around the holidays, Grey said, so women dating online need to be careful. Never send money to someone that you've never met, never talked to on the phone,” he said.Military singles enjoy chat rooms, message boards, photo personals, a photo gallery, anonymous private mailboxes, and much more.