In March, she connected with Robert Parker, an Army man serving in Special Forces based in Cairo, but soon to retire. “When you’re messaging people multiple time every day and actually praying for their safety when you think they’re fighting for our country, you develop a closeness pretty quickly,” she said.He was kind to her, and when he seemed too good to be true, he sent pictures of himself holding a sign that said “I’m real.” They were in love and talked about a future.A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.
The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.
Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime.
Most of today’s smartphones, tablets and laptops come equipped with a built-in camera and/or video.
“I feel like a fairly intelligent woman and it’s hard to find myself in this situation,” she told us from her Dallas home.
Thompson divorced 17 years ago, and after more than a decade without dating, she joined in January.
There are different degrees of online dating scams running the gamut from misrepresentation to criminality.
The repercussions are equally vast, from mere disappointment to a completely ruined life ~ and I’m not being melodramatic.
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