Be cognizant of foreign and regional accents that do not match the person's story.
Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, are once again warning internet users worldwide about cyber criminals involved in an online crime that CID has dubbed "the Romance Scam." CID special agents continue to receive numerous reports from victims located around the world regarding various scams of persons impersonating U. "We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the internet and claim to be in the U. military," said Chris Grey, Army CID's spokesman. The perpetrators will often take the true rank and name of a U. Soldier who is honorably serving his country somewhere in the world, or has previously served and been honorably discharged, then marry that up with some photographs of a Soldier off the internet, and then build a false identity to begin prowling the internet for victims.If it sounds suspicious, there is a reason, it's routinely false -- trust your instincts.If you do start an internet-based relationship with someone, check them out, research what they are telling you with someone who would know, such as a current or former service member.Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.Use our military chat rooms and start connecting with local singles and create new and exciting connections.Our military singles chat really helps to bring people together, whether you are from the military or someone who adores them. Victims are usually unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who believe they are romantically involved with an American Soldier, yet are being exploited and ultimately robbed, by perpetrators who strike from thousands of miles away."We've even seen instances where the perpetrators are asking the victims for money to purchase "leave papers" from the Army, help pay for medical expenses from combat wounds or help pay for their flight home so they can leave the war zone," said Grey.Many of the negative claims made about the military and the supposed lack of support and services provided to troops overseas are far from reality -- check the facts.Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company.