Usually, these scammers develop fake contacts, using easily obtained pictures from real U. This scam has become so popular; there are now online support groups to aid victims in dealing with the emotional and monetary losses incurred with their experience.
• Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money or ship property to a third party or company.
Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.
I receive a TON of e-mails per year from victims asking for help (because they knew I always wanted to be a spy).
Unfortunately, by the time the money leaves their hands, it is gone forever. The scammers use internet cafes and reroute money multiple times to untraceable sources, and therefore, their true identity cannot be discovered.
Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.