The military does not freeze members' bank accounts or credit cards and provides health care for deployed service members. Schuster said she was encouraged to use personal email immediately rather than the site.
The faster the scammer is off the dating site, the lower the chances of being caught using a fake profile, according to Schuster.
"In this latest reported case, the victim was lucky and we hope that by highlighting what can happen, other women will avoid falling victim to online fraudsters." Most of the women targeted in the West Mercia area so far have been from the town of Kidderminster in north Worcestershire.“His thing was, ‘well, this is top secret, we're fighting the terrorists, we can't do anything that would compromise that, so I can't use the phone.' And I believed all this," Schuster said. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.After a few weeks, the man told her he needed some money to help his daughter go on a school trip. She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen.Schuster noticed that her suitor had bad grammar, but that didn't really bother her because her immigrant father had poor grammar as well.
She asked to speak with him in person or via Skype, but the man said that wasn't allowed.
Others even sent the women fake military documents to make themselves seem more authentic.