find scams

Soldiers in Middle East

How the scam works:

Scammers find their victims on sites like Facebook, Twitter, eHarmony, and start an online dating adventure, slowly getting their trust.

They pose as soldiers in Iraq and send pictures to their victims, in which they are holding babies or playing with local kids. The pictures really impress the ladies, but they are just stolen images from the Internet, used as bait.

However, when the crooks feel their victims are ready to commit, they suggest a surprise-package for those children. Several women put a box together with toys, books, electronics, etc and send it.

The scammer says their location is secret and all the packages have to be sent to a neutral place, where a diplomat will organize the distribution. Victims still send the package to places like Ghana or Ivory Coast and days or weeks later they receive a phone call or email.

They are informed that the package has arrived, but “in order to be sent to your boyfriend, there is a clearance fee of $485”. You would be surprised to see how many women are still falling for this.

Here is some good news.

Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profiles of the people you talk to on social media are fake.

How To Identify Fake Profiles Video

How to avoid:

Soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan don’t have a lot of time to be on online dating sites. And when they do have time for the computer, rest assured they have a lot of people they have to keep in touch with who are really concerned about them. Never send anything to people you have never meet in person.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. Use the Comments section below to expose the name of the scammers.

How to protect yourself more:

If you want to be the first to find out the most notorious scams every week, feel free to subscribe to the Scam Detector newsletter here. You'll receive periodical emails and we promise not to spam.

Add Your Comment

Editor's Choice

submit a scam button


Scam Detector Gives Back To The Community

Scam Detector recently partnered with Travel by Dart, an inspirational web-series where two friends blindfoldedly throw a dart at the world map and travel wherever it lands, with the purpose of helping the land or the people. Click HERE or on the image below to watch the trailer of the series!