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Internet Dating Scam: Fake Soldiers (Part 2)

NOTE: This is the 2nd posting of this article as we had SO many comments on the first that it wouldn’t take anymore. :-) Too see the 984 comments on the first, please click here.

I just came across a post on “A Soldier’s Perspective” discussing a rather disgusting and disturbing trend that has guys posing as soldiers on Internet dating sites. Here’s the quote from CJ’s:

The latest trend involves trolling internet dating sites and convincing women that they are honorable Soldiers who have fallen in love and would do anything to communicate with the object of their affection. But, because they are deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, they need you to sign up for an expensive telecommunications service like “Military TELEX” in order to make that happen. They profess unending love as their motivator and, unfortunately, many women have fallen for it.

The BIG red flag here is that the guy is asking for money. NEVER fall for that con.

If you come across anyone on a dating site who is asking you for money, regardless of the reason; block them immediately from further contact and then report them to the internet dating service.

To read specific details about about one incident, read CJ’s post “The New Military Dating Scam“.


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  1. ariah 2nd a letter to scam
    Tuesday August 21, 2012
    7:36P.M.

    Title: And Understand your Details and requirement……..
    Hello

    How are you? Thanks for the reply to my job offer and the interest in my family.I would like to see your Curriculum Vitae (CV)and also your scanned passport copy.Truly i need a foreign Nanny,i know that there are a lot of Nannies in the US but its just that i need a Nanny from outside,that is caring,loving,motherly carefree and well determined,that can take good care of my kids for me but with the recommendation from you and that is the more reason I may need your services,hopefully you will be my kid’s Nanny and do according to your words.

    I reside in HAYWARD,USA and do not get worried about any documents(work Permit and Visa),a travel agency here in the US will handle that for you as per your visa just scan&send the copy of your international passport and CV through email to them,they will apply for visa on your behalf in the US Home Office and when the visa is ready the US Embassy in your country will call on you so that they can endorse the visa on your original passport.If you have any other traveling agency you could also use that.

    I love my kids so much and would not toy with them..They are the apple of my eyes.I work because of them and am willing to pay any amount to give them the best in the world.You would be needing to settle the Visa Procurement yourself because i paid for 2 Nannies in the past few months which they did not turn up but went somewhere else after their visa was approved and that is why i vowed that any Nanny that i will employ will make half of expenses by himself/herself.Hope you understand how i mean.I need a very serious person and the job is available right now.Also,i use to have a Nanny and she spent 2 years with us,but she got married and relocated so that’s why i need a replacement ASAP…

    Your duties are as follows:

    1-Supervise breakfast with the children in the morning and get them off to school (Collect my 2KIDS of ages 8yrs and 6yrs old from school at 3.40pm.)
    2-Some Housework/washing/ironing as required on a daily basis
    3-Supervise homework, music practice and fun activities or take children to after school activities.
    4-Prepare and cook an evening meal for everyone at about 6.30-6.45 Up to two evenings child minding per week.
    5-Weekends and Bank holidays would be free that there will not be much duties to carry out.
    6-Occasional weekend work would be offered by prior negotiation. I normally leave for
    work at 7.00am and get back at around 6.30pm although some flexibility is useful.

    I am offering a live-in position with full board (we eat well in this house!)
    1-Separate Toilet and Bathroom.
    2-TV,different types of video machines.
    3-Personal computer already Internet on. e…t.c for you and i will make sure everything goes on well with you, with my kids.

    Don’t worry about the United State,it’s a nice place to stay and i hope you will enjoy staying here with my family and you will have the access to internet, In fact i have a personal PC at home for myself but my kids usually play games on their own PC, i will get you a computer to start using for your own use…All expenses made by you will be refunded immediately you get here if you can make the process to come here without my involvement.If you would be using the travel agency i would be recommending my traveling agent to you that helped my former nanny then we will both be responsible to should half of the required expenses for your application and surely i will get a refund back to you with whatever you contribute upon your arrival/Salary deduction is not accepted because i told you i will make a refund upon your arrival i just need someone really serious for this and show commitment.

    Do get back to me as soon as possible with your resume and passport copy and i will make a decision about your application and we take it from there.

    Regards
    Eng Moore

  2. ariah,
    2nd letter to scam
    Thanks for your message and swift response.But you know before i decide about this i really want to know how serious and sure you’re about this.Please let me know if you read carefully my job description and also you willing to accept my rules as well.And also as i told you applicant will be taking part to shoulder half of the visa procurement fees as well if they were to use the agency that i recommend.Get back to me asap within the hours and i will write you back ok.
    Thanks

  3. Ariah, Me one is the victim this scam….
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    Email From Val Moore(43?us)
    Mon 08/20 1:55AM 5 Day Ago…

    Dear,

    How is your holiday today and hope you are enjoying it out there .I won”t mind if we could know each other better. Let”s try to exchange some words if we might have anything in common .I believe there is a reason why you and i have joined this site, So Let”s see if we can make it happen ,Compliment of the season and pls kindly Permit me to Introduce myself, i am Engineer Moore, a widower for Four years.I’m from HAYWARD, CA, USA.Sorry for sending you this email, why i registered here on to search for a Woman to love i mean true love and also to serve as My beautiful Kids Nanny/Baby Sitter. If possible things can work out between us but i need you to be my kids nanny firstly and i can be sure they”re in safe hands. My former nanny was Asian and she served us well but she had to leave after completion of her contract and get settled with her Hubby.

    I reside in CA,with my two beautiful daughter”s of ages 6 and 8years and am seeking for the services of an Nanny to come and work for me here in the States. I will pay you $850 weekly for your service and will provide monthly shopping allowances as well as accommodation. If interested do reply to me fvals44@yahoo.com now and i would send you more details of the job and also my family picture .Just reply to my personal yahoo email if you are interested and i will get back to you because i am not always here in the site ok.

    Note: Applicant must have already a VALID INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OF YOUR COUNTRY, and if interest , I GIVE MY EMAIL ID ABOVE THAT I WANT YOU TO REPLY THERE AND NOT HERE. And my personal contact fvals44@yahoo.com is what i advice you send me reply there to because am not always here and also i can send my pics with my kids because am new here and dont know how to upload. I am not always in the chat so dont add me up. If you have a passport and interest send me an email. Please follow the simply instructions and dont contact me if you dont have a passport please because as i made it clearly enough that i need urgent replacement.

    Thanks.
    Moore…
    end of message.

  4. Margaret Rodgers says:

    TO BETH EARLYWINE – Yes the guy using the name WITT seems to be having a lot of fun using many different versions of WITT. I’m sure it is the same scammer. He once called me when I first started chatting with him, before I found out about him, and he had a rather young sounding voice, 30′s maybe, with a British accent.

  5. Margaret Rodgers says:

    TO Clarenze _ never give anyone copies of your personal ID information over the internet. They try and steal your identity. Such things as copies of driver’s license, and or passports, social security numbers, bank info, and so on. Very dangerous. I don’t get a good feeling when reading that email from him to you regarding being a Nanny. I don’t believe a word of it. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

  6. Hi…i just got this new mail in my profile in Cherry Blossoms dating site…and at my first glance of the email , i can understand this one is a scammer,He dont have picture in his profile with his profile details i posted below the email:

    Dear _____,
    Hello there , I hope you are enjoying it out there .I won”t mind if we could know each other better. Let”s try to exchange some words if we might have anything in common .I believe there is a reason why you and i have joined this site, So Let”s see if we can make it happen ,Compliment of the season and pls kindly Permit me to Introduce myself, i am Engineer Moore, a widower for Four years.I’m from HAYWARD, CA, USA.Sorry for sending you this email, why i registered here on to search for a Woman to love i mean true love and also to serve as My beautiful Kids Nanny/Baby Sitter. If possible things can work out between us but i need you to be my kids nanny firstly and i can be sure they”re in safe hands. My former nanny was Asian and she served us well but she had to leave after completion of her contract and get settled with her Hubby.

    I reside in CA,with my two beautiful daughter”s of ages 6 and 8years and am seeking for the services of an Nanny to come and work for me here in the States. I will pay you $850 weekly for your service and will provide monthly shopping allowances as well as accommodation. If interested do reply to me fvals44@yahoo.com now and i would send you more details of the job and also my family picture .Just reply to my personal yahoo email if you are interested and i will get back to you because i am not always here in the site ok.

    Note: Applicant must have already a VALID INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OF YOUR COUNTRY, and if interest , I GIVE MY EMAIL ID ABOVE THAT I WANT YOU TO REPLY THERE AND NOT HERE. And my personal contact fvals44@yahoo.com is what i advice you send me reply there to because am not always here and also i can send my pics with my kids because am new here and dont know how to upload. I am not always in the chat so dont add me up. If you have a passport and interest send me an email. Please follow the simply instructions and dont contact me if you dont have a passport please because as i made it clearly enough that i need urgent replacement.

    Thanks.
    Moore…

    I’m Val and I’m looking for a nice woman any age…

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  7. Beth Earlywine says:

    I need to add a note here about Sigmund Witt. He is also using the name Micheal Witt or Micheal Joel Witt. He’s 55 and has a 15 yr old son, Josh that is in Ghana with his godparents, Joel and Jennifer Barnor. The story is that Josh was adopted from Ghana and when his wife, Laura died from cancer 5 years ago he went back into active duty. Now the Army won’t let him retire because of his training and keep pushing back his out date. Josh needs things for school so will you send money or ship things to him. I’m more gulible than most and spent the better part of a year talking to him. He gave me a birthday of 1/1/57 and Josh’s birthday was 4/20. Beware, he is a convincing liar and knows what to say to charm you.

  8. Margaret Rodgers says:

    For Maria Reynolds: I know my comment may be coming late on this one, as you posted way back in January 2012 regarding a Steve G. Witt. I believe this may have been the one calling himself Sigmund Witt, but he also was known as Christian Walsh and Christopher Walsh as was discovered by another lady and myself. I read your post with much interest and it brought tears to my eyes as I read the part about these soldiers profiles being stolen and used and family finding them on the internet, on dating sites and thinking they were being unfaithful. I began to think just how extensive the damage is that is done by these horrible people. I took notes on the info you provided about the .mil addresses and APO information. I am in the process right now of a soldier trying to use a ruse on me. I have asked for this info, and am not getting satisfactory answers. I was sure i would not but your info brought the answers up fresh in my mind. Thank you. He gave me an email not ending in .mil but .com, which i knew was wrong and didn’t bother to give me any APO info, just got on the defensive and finally said he had to get “some rest”. Lol – yeah guess my questions were just over-coming !!!

  9. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To All: Just an update for all to be aware. Anyone coming in contact with a walter_bruston@rocketmail.com, also known as Jurgen, is a scammer big time. Very smooth, and convincing romancer.

  10. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To All : Reporting Allen P. Grave, using email of p_grave@yahoo.com, states from Torrance, California, and also Florida, and recently flew to London. Claims to be in real estate, and a contractor. Asking to put his money on my credit card, stating his credit card was maxed out. Told me he was flying to London to supervise building of a project. Last email ip traced to Scotland. The latest trend seems to be putting money on your credit card to secure your card info I imagine. Also asked me if I had a bank account he could use. Scammer.

  11. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To All: Reporting steevwarts@yahoo.com, also known as Stephen G. Therri, states from Temple, Texas and now in South Africa. Asking me to put his money on my credit card as cannot cash his paycheck there. Scammer.

  12. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To All dealing with this Pierce character – I’m sure he will get around to asking for something sooner or later. That’s his objective. They do take awhile sometimes, especially the ones in the scamming syndicate. They like to dance around you for awhile and then pounce !!

  13. Ladies- please be careful of jack_pierce80@yahoo.com. He does not ask for money but is posing as a sergeant in the US Army. He uses the same 5-6 pictures that are not of the same person but have similar features. He is good at making you believe you are it. They are all lies.

  14. I fell for Jack Pierce’s lies also. jack_pierce80@yahoo.com
    I knew the pictures weren’t of the same person but completely fell for his lies. Apparently he was promising the same things to many people at the same time.

  15. Scammer – jack_pierce80@yahoo.com – not real.

  16. i have been scamd too one men cald mctonyblaze @yahoo.com heys black nigerian also mark_wilton@live.com yust different name like stephenjohnson and peter son al the time hey lay i ask him too show him self hey dont do it so i ended whith him hey send my movie too show thats him but heys not heys dresd like soldier heys in ghana hey gived my wrong fonenumber so i did find out you can checkd it on ipfinder.com you get al the reccorts of them i now heys in the usa town brighton i now enof scammers i now where they are on datingsites wann tagged badoo facebook i learnt i check them first there emailadres on ipfinder i have of al scammers i now pictures of them i have saved them

  17. Ladies beware of this email jack_pierce80@yahoo.com or user name! He’s not real says he is a Sgt Jackson Pierce at Fort Bragg NC. Not even really using fake pics like you can tell that the person is diff in each pic! People amuse me!

  18. Elisabeth Bolt says:

    My scammer posted as Johnson Hugh. It took some detective work but it turned out he had assumed the identity of a dead Colonel. Notice the clever juxtaposition of the name. During my detective work & using Google I ended up on a European site that has been monitoring these scams. They had the proxy as being in Nigeria and red flagged him with the correct name. Again using Google & more detective work cuz there are several famous people with this name. I found the truth. What scum assumes the identity of a dead person? These people think they are entitled to dupe Americans, etc. because they believe we are all wealthy. There is much more information out there now to help people figure out the truth. But smarten up, really. You can’t call Kabul, Afghanistan and speak to an officer. No Army works that way, United States, British, French, NATO. It’s a freaking war zone. Get a grip. If you want to help American soldiers abroad go to the site Adopt a Soldier. I understand that it is painful to fall for someone & then learn the truth. There is no point for me to contact the Colonel’s family. The pictures are in the public domain. If you don’t know what that means, look it up. The letters? a fraud as well. They cut/paste from a site that helps people write love letters. That’s why there are extra commas and poor English. They add some bits of their own to make it more believable. They can photoshop pics to change the name on uniforms as they did with the Colonel. Do yourself a favor and cut the cord. Better to grieve for a couple of months than lose money. If it’s been said once, it’s been said millions of times: if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

    Col. John Michael McHugh
    Col. John Michael McHugh went home to God on May 18, 2010, while serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan. Funeral services will be held in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church in Caldwell, N.J. Born in West Caldwell, N.J., John attended St. Aloysius Grammar School, graduated from James Caldwell High School in 1982, and was a member of the graduating class of 1986, United States Military Academy at West Point. John was the loving husband of Connie (Jensen), and the devoted father of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael McHugh, U.S. Army, and his wife, Angela, Kelly Rose, Kristen, Maggie, and David, and grandfather of Abigail Lynn. He also leaves behind his parents, James and Mary Ann McHugh of West Caldwell; his sister, Mary Kate Edwards; brothers, James B. McHugh and Frank McHugh; in-laws, Jeff Edwards and Donna McHugh, and loving niece and nephews, Jim, Tom, Tim, Katie and Brian. John began his military career by attending the United States Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he graduated as a UH60 Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. He served in the first Gulf War in 1990, and distinguishably served for 24 years at numerous bases throughout the United States and overseas, most recently being deployed for 15 months to Udairi Army Airfield in Kuwait. He was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations from the United States Army, including the Legion of Merit Award, the Purple Heart, and a second Bronze Star. A natural born leader, John was the head of his athletic teams, both at Caldwell High School, where he excelled at soccer and baseball, and at West Point, where he was goalkeeper for the Army Soccer Team. He continued his love of sports throughout his life, volunteering to coach soccer for his children. A true American hero, John will always be remembered as a man devoted to God, to his country, and to his friends and family. “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31

  19. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To Jack Stranger: Just curious but what is amolatina ? Never heard of it. I just wanted to say that all the ones who posed as a Military person, contacted me first. I did not seek any of them. Each one turned out to be a scammer. I have never met one posing as a soldier that turned out to be a real soldier. I guess i look like a good mark, as i get tons of them contacting me. I found once you set up chatting with one, your on a list. They seek you hoping to score. I believe this is the case with the others ladies out there also., and no way do I believe a non-military man is less – not by far.

  20. Margaret Rodgers says:

    NOTICE : I have been contacted on my email from one who calls herself Elena Larry requesting my friendship. Says she saw my profile on 101.Date.Com. I have never put my profile on 101.Date.com. I have only posted here. She says she speaks English, however, it was not good. I don’t know what this means exactly, but i suspect another scammer. They may be in here reading these posts.

  21. Jack Stranger says:

    If a lady would only seek a man who was nonMilitary this might be avoided. However the education behind all these posts is worthwhile

    Who said that a non-military was any less than a man who is in the military any way????

  22. Jack Stranger says:

    Why do you have Amolatina advertized on your page. Everyone knows that with the low rating on other review sites that this site cannot be trust because of its prochatter activity especially

  23. Margaret Rodgers says:

    For Everyone : Lately I have had several requests from scammers wanting to send me money (checks) and asking me to obtain WALMART MONEY CARDS so they can deposit the checks on the cards. The checks are bad. DO NOT DO THIS. It is another way of scamming you, and can have some very serious legal ramifications for you. I think since the Military left Iraq they have had to think up new ways to get your money and this is one of them.

  24. Margaret Rodgers says:

    To Doris : I was very sorry to read I was too late for your friend. Have her read these posts on here just the same if you can. Like you said, the ball will drop and it will be utterly devastating for her. It makes me sick to know this scammer got his way. I once in passing was talking to a friend of mine, and I said I wonder what they do with all the money they get ? I was told lots of it is spent on prostitutes, drinking, partying, having a good time. Doesn’t that just stick in your craw…
    They use the money to live on, in whatever manner they choose to. So essentially your supporting them when you give in and send them the money they are asking you for. They are criminals, and yes absolute liars. This is the way they make a living. They do not love you, and you will never meet them.
    Doris I wish your friend the best and I hope you can help her to see the truth.

  25. Look out for Warrant Officer Steven Moon and US General Mark Morrison from the oasis internet dating site, stationed in Afganistan. Did the instant chat on the site then they gave me their email address after only a short time, as soon as I went on msn instant they closed their account on the oasis site, this started the alarm bells. They both came over all sweetness and light sending me pictures and gave me over the top details about themselves and how there were looking for the love of their life and would even relocate! Mark informed me he lost his wife in 9/11 and as soon as I started delving into their life because of the nature of the emails they sent is when my gut feeling really began to kick in, due to the fact they could not string a sentence together with the English language, saying they liked my photos I had sent them, when in fact I had not, their whole attitude changed to what I can only describe as aggressive, then they disconnected themselves from msn instant, email addresses given were steven.moon22@hotmail.com and mark09092010@hotmail.com I think it is disgraceful that these people using innocent soldiers for their own twisted evil ends.

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