We have gotten a lot of emails lately asking us about Military members overseas asking for cash from civilians, mainly women, to come home for leave from Afghanistan or telling the women that they have a very sick child that they need to come home and see.

Most of these fake profiles have several things that should stick out: 1. If they ask for items(care packages) they ask for you to send them to overseas addresses that are not affiliated with the Military, Nigeria etc.

They will have very few friends on the profile, of which most will be women or other fake profiles. Most of the posts will be short sentences, with broken English and misspelled words. They will not have many photos, and the uniform name tapes may not match the profile name. Military members almost always have other friends on their profile that are also Military, these fakes will not have any. The forms they are sending to these people are very convincing, especially if you are not familiar with the military and the way leave works.

First, no one can sign for a Military personnel to go on leave except the Chain of Command.

If they are coming home from overseas on emergency leave, from a Combat Zone, as a lot of the scammer’s are saying, they would not have to pay to come home.

The government covers travel to and from the HOR(Home of Record).

If they are coming home for scheduled R&R, from the Combat Zone, the Government also covers this.

You should never send money via Western Union to someone you have never met, as Western Union is an unsafe way to send money, because once it is sent you will never get it back.

It is always some sort of story to make the victim feel pity for the fraudster.

They mainly target women that have no Military affiliation, or have never been around the Military, this way they know the women won’t pick up on their lies as fast.

We get ten to twenty emails per day asking if a profile is really a Soldier, and 99% of the time it is a scammer.

For most of us, they are easy to pick out, because we are familiar with the Military and know how it operates.