They takes weeks and months saying all the right things and using stories that will tug on your heart strings. They are typically widowers with young children left behind.
They are or are about to be deployed. These deployments are generally of short length, months, so as to have as many reasons as possible to bilk money from you. And, most of them are near retirement.
None of them use. These are just some of the tipoffs you should be aware of. They use sites like date. They use military ranks and names, most of the time made up but occasionally real troops. They get the photos from internet trolling and other profiles on the dating sites.
Blogs, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites are prime real estate for those seeking photos of military members. Nearly all of them are located in Africa. Some use IP anonymizers to hide their true location and make it more believable by creating fake IPs in the U. By sharing this information, others will not fall for it.
Kella sent his first email to me through the dating site OKCupid at the end of August. His wife died in a car accident 5 years ago and has an 18 year old son. He told me as a teenager, he lived in London with his uncle. He gave me the address as Piccadilly. His son would go and stay with his uncle whenever he was at Camp Lejeune.
I talked a little about this on the You Served Radio Show this week. How many Marines or other military people for that matter do you know that commute over miles to work? The pay is nowhere near worth it. Then, he says that his son went to live with an uncle in the UK while he was at Lejeune?!
He also told me he was to retire from the Marines in December and was ready to start a new life. After about 2 weeks of exchanging emails and chatting on yahoo, he told me they wanted to send some marines to Afghanistan and Bedford male hookup scammer pictures from nigeria to ghana know if his name was on the list by the end of that week. Well, his name was on the list and he then told me that he would be leaving the following Monday night. There are many variations out there, but this one seems an attempt to legitimize their military affiliation.
Many of them are already in theater when the scam begins. Once contact is made, they are miraculously going to be shipped to a remote outpost with no internet access, phones, toilets, or even sunlight! But, once they get there, they realize that there is ONE way that the nomads have found to tap into the rocks and dirt to extract internet access:. He said he would go to field with a pam top but needed a pin code to communicate.
I was to get in touch with this agency and apply for a code. I sent the money, but he said the code was not activated and was afraid it would not work before he left.
At the time, I was having problems with my yahoo mail going through, so it seemed legit that this was happening. I resent the email through another email account, and after he left, he sent an email saying that the code was finally activated.
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About a week later, he said the connection was bad and could I help him get a better connection by subscribing to http: As if changing the IP address will make the connection better somehow! There are literally hundreds used on the site.
Some are used simply by people wanting to hide their true origin, which is why some of the email IPs you see appear to come from places like Atlanta or El Segundo. Most Marines use military connections to access the internet, though I think some of the more established camps in big cities of Iraq may be contracted out.
All kinds of misfortunes will befall them as they attempt to suck more and more money out of you. Sometimes they ask for hundreds at a time and sometimes just a few dollars. He was Bedford male hookup scammer pictures from nigeria to ghana to be in Afghan for 1 month and after about 2 weeks there, he told me it seemed that they were going to make them stay longer and wanted me to help him apply for his retirement account and to request leave since he was retiring.
He told me he would then be home in 7 days. I sent an email the the military agency requesting this information.
The flight home was a month away, so we said to let them arrange it. That was when I found out I would have to pay for the flight. Kella kept telling me that as soon as he was home, he would pay me back for all of this help I was giving him. I think we call it the VA! The email address was to a. Folks, the military pays for flights home, even when there is a family emergency.
Do NOT pay for a flight home. At the most, a Soldier will be able to get stateside before needing help, if any. By the time we got the money together, he supposedly missed the first flight on Oct.
Around the 18th of October, while chatting, Sgt.
After a few day, I wrote to them and they told me he was on a special assignment but would be back to his base to make his flight home on the 26th. Around the 24th, I got an email with the flight information for his connecting flight from Kabul to Dubai.
With that email they told me they still had not received any word on Sgt. Kella, only that they knew he was alive.
On the 26th, I got an email saying he had been injured and he was being sent to Dubai to the American Hospital there for further treatment. After a couple of days, I got an email from Sgt. Kella saying he had been on an assignment with 8 other marines and that a bomb went off injuring his left leg.
He was to have surgery on it in Dubai. Once they are stabilized, they are taken to Germany. Someone from the family will contact you for help with the funeral.
Well, they were finally getting ready to release him from the hospital for his return flight home to the states, but we had to pay for his medical bill. After getting his medical bill and new flight information taken care of, I get an email on the day he was to fly out that he had fallen and reinjured his leg. During this time, the retirement account comes up in an email from the agency. They needed the information that was given to me back when I opened up the account at the beginning of Oct.
I told them that I had never received any account information, that I thought it was sent to Sgt. I found out the account was never opened and they wanted me to open an etrade account to put his retirement benefits and benefits of services money into.
The Ally account was trying to be accessed by an outside bank and was closed by ally. While talking to them, this was when I started thinking that some of this might have been part of a scam. I assumed it was with the military agency and not Sgt.
Kella for traveling money. Thankfully, the Ally people noticed the scam, but for some reason the individual kept in contact. The scammers use other susceptible people within many different to unsuspectingly help them. Soldiers do not need help opening retirement accounts.
Now here is where the water gets muddied through unwitting participants. Kella Bedford male hookup scammer pictures from nigeria to ghana a friend who had just come back from over seas and was going to help us find out who Bedford male hookup scammer pictures from nigeria to ghana into the account.
I actually talked to him on the phone.
He had an accent and when I questioned Sgt. Kella on this he told me he was Latino. I know it was not that kind of an accent, so that raised some questions on my side. The number was This person said they would help get Sgt.
Kella home for me, as well. Kella got extremely upset by still being in the hospital and demanded that he be released.
This was the first of December. When they agreed to release him, the bill was outrageous. His friend from San Antonio said he would pay for it, but ended up not being able to pay the full amount. By this time, I was having doubts and told Sgt. I held out for a little bit. He knew exactly what to say.
That is usually when it begins to fall apart because Americans tend to be smarter than the average…Nigerian. At this point, our reader is starting to catch on. We sent the money on a Friday and then got word over the weekend that the accounting department of the hospital was not open and this delayed Sgt.
They set up another flight for the following Wednesday, but I later found out it was delayed because of bad weather. By this time, Sgt.
About a week later, he said the connection was bad and could I help him get a. It's usually elderly men and women that are used to assist in these types of scams. .