CID warns about social network scams

| August 1, 2013

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division posts a long-overdue article at army.mil about the scams we see almost daily at TAHHQs in regards to people pretending to be members of the military in order to separate you from your money;

Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.

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.

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.

Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail. Servicemen and women serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address. Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.

Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company. Oftentimes 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.

Be very cautious when placing your personal photographs on social media sites.

I’d add that real members of the military will never scan and send you their ID cards.

CID strongly recommends that Soldiers, civilians and family members who come across any known suspicious social networking or dating site profile or are solicited in this fashion from a person posing as a U.S. Soldier, immediately email CID at Army.CID.Crime.Tips[at]mail[dot]mil.

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Sadly, there’s a sucker/lonely heart born every minute.

    Back in the late ’90s. My elderly mother in Hawaii fell victim to a telephone scammer who promised her an immediate ten-fold return on a 10,000 dollar cash investment. She never told any of her kids, so none of us could intervene. When she realized she was scammed, she fell into a deep depression, and soon was diagnosed with cancer and passed away not too long afterwards. I think she really died of a broken heart…

  2. RangerX says:

    That ID Card looks ‘shopped.

    I can tell from some of the pixels and seeing quite a few ‘shops in my time.

  3. LL says:

    Dude, I moderate comments on CJ’s blog and at least 5-10 comments a day are about Nigerian scammers and using email addresses and names to coordinate between the women to figure out if it is a scammer. A lot of them have said they have contacted the military, the FBI, etc and NO ONE cares and they all say it is not their responsibility to investigate. I’m surprised the CID is recommending that it be contacted.

  4. Odie says:

    Hey!…where did you guys get ahold of my CAC card?!

  5. Twist says:

    What, you guys don’t also scan your CAC card and send it to random women on the internet?

  6. Flagwaver says:

    Yeah, that card looks totally legit. I think the lady-thing that made mine when I signed up for a try-one messed it up. It only shows my head. And I should have told her that I wanted “OREGON SPECIAL FORCES IDENTIFICATION CARD” on the bottom. Darn… you active duty types get all the fun.

  7. JarHead Pat says:

    Nice CAC,looks liget to me,lololol,most diff shopped,look at is head/cover as well as his name.Sad to say there are still people out there that fall for this shit.

  8. USMCE8Ret says:

    CID’s article is about as useful as telling me not to use a blow dryer while taking a shower.

    Then again, there are some dumb asses out there.

  9. ExHack says:

    With CAC cards (and civilian PIV versions), all lettering is in the Arial or Arial Narrow font. Also, on the current-design CACs, look at the background with the guilloched “DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE” wordmark in wavy lines. Notice that when 1SG Bagofass inserted his own name and fictional rank in there, the background DoD wordmark is cut/pasted in incorrectly.

  10. LL says:

    Oh crap, sorry for all the pingbacks. I just updated the ASP posts that had 500+ comments in case any women wanted to try reporting to CID.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    So when you guys scan your state IDs or driver’s licenses and send them to me C&Pd into fake military ID cards, they all go into junk mail like the should.

    Okay, that explains why I haven’t gottent anything but the newsletters I subscribe to lately. I wondered about that.

  12. MERSI says:

    I met this person on waplog site and he claimed to be a US Military currently on peace keeping in Nigeria and his name is OLIVER KAHN. Is he real?