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It was just such a picture that a reader of mine I’m calling Dede responded to when she saw it on in August. Using the images — and, often, real biographical information — they create fictitious profiles and prey on women. Although these cases do not involve CID — military personnel are not the scammers or the victims — Grey has taken it upon himself to spread the word. “I don’t want people to think a fellow service person is scamming them out of money.” The scammers typically work in teams and have different ways to extract their filthy lucre.As I outlined in two previous columns, Dede communicated via e-mail and text message for five months with a person who went by the name Mark Handle before he asked her for ,000 to ship a box of diamonds from London. By doing a reverse image search, I found the real person in the photo: Raymond Chandler III, who recently stepped down as sergeant major of the Army. “I’ve talked to people who’ve given up to ,000 and never met the person,” said Chris Grey of the U. Some, like Dede’s, ask for money to ship something.

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Online army dating scams

They put up these fake profiles and lure women in,” Kristen said. ABC15 talked with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich about online dating scams and Kristen’s story.

He wasn't surprised and offered up a few warning signs."Does this person seem legitimate?

When she learned his last name, she did some searching--not something out of the ordinary at all."When I did a reverse image search, it came up that he was on all of these scam alerts,” Kristen said.

Not only did Kristen learn Jones was not who he claimed to be, but she saw she was far from the first to start a relationship who was pretending to be something they were not."Websites started popping up and articles about this military romance scam and how there's these groups of people in western Africa that this is like their full-time job. Army's Criminal Investigation Command website even has a warning on these military romance scams.

Scammers communicate carefully worded romantic requests for money to purchase computers, international telephones, or pay transportation fees -- always to be used by the "deployed soldier" so the relationship can continue.

They ask the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address. In one version, the scammer poses as a service member who is moving overseas and must quickly sell his or her vehicle.

Victims of these scams have reported losing thousands of dollars.

One victim went so far as to refinance her house to help out her new online beau. Once the victim is on the hook, the scammer attempts to persuade the victim to provide financial support to deal with a crisis or send money on some other pretext.

The scam involves an online scammer tricking a victim into believing he or she is "in a relationship" with an American Soldier and then hustling the victim out of his or her money."These perpetrators are definitely not American Soldiers, but they are quite familiar with American culture," said Chris Grey, Army CID spokesperson.

"The criminals, often from other countries, most notably from West African countries, are pretending to be U. Soldiers serving in a combat zone or other overseas locations."According to Grey, perpetrators take on the online persona of a U. soldier with photographs of a soldier off the Internet, and then begin prowling the web for victims.

In today's digital age, online predators and scammers have become more clever than an email from a Nigerian Prince asking for money.

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