A few months ago I wrote this article about being Catfished online by men on the internet portraying to be military personnel. I guess that blog post is a popular one because over the past few weeks I receive at least 2 emails a week from women who are dating a guy (they have never met) who is requesting them to send money. In the last week alone I’ve received 9 emails from people talking to a guy online who is trying to coax money out of them. Listen I get it we are women, we are sensitive creatures and when you’re lonely it can be easy to fall for a guy who is feeding your emotions and making you feel great.
However somewhere along the emotional lines you have to use a tad bit of common sense. I know everyone is not familiar with how the military operates but it doesn’t take Einstein to do a Google search.
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There are all kinds of military personnel scams relating to women and money but here are the ones I have received over the last few weeks. I hope by posting a few below, women will be able to compare their situation to the one below and avoid a broken heart and empty pockets.
1. The guy wants you to open a checking account so HE can wire you money to send to his kid in another country.
Last time I checked Western Union is available at some places overseas and if it’s not, you can send money via Money Gram or WU online. Why would he need a 3rd party to send someone money for him?
2. A guy claims to be CID in the military , claims he is a Colonel and asks for money.
First of all go read a 2014 military pay chart. Trust me when I say Colonel’s in the military are doing pretty well.
3. A guy claims he is US military personnel stationed in Mexico. He says he is not allowed to Skype and needs money to pay dues he owes the military.
Military personnel do not have to pay dues.
4. An army soldier he says he is in Syria and wants to retire. He has sent a package with retirement papers that he needs for me to sign for him. He says I need to Western Union $2,300.00 for package to be delivered to me so I can sign papers.
When have you ever heard of anybody paying to retire? And for the sake of playing devil’s advocate even if someone had to pay for papers being mailed to them do you really think it would cost $2300?
5. A soldier claims they are stationed in Nigeria and have won’t have access to their military pay until they get back to the states. Additionally they tell you that they have to pay taxes on money owed over there.
The military gets paid on the 1st and 15th every month and have access to their money. Don’t believe the hype!
Sorry to break the news to you but if all of a sudden a mysterious stranger contacts you on Facebook or a dating site and from day one starts saying all the right things and then a few days later asks for money, it’s probably to good to be true.
Avoid broken hearts and empty wallets!
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