UK woman loses £10k in online dating scam – Afghanistan soldier:
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THIS IS SERIOUS - AND I'M POSTING IT ON ALL FOUR BLOGS - SO I APOLOGISE TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO WILL GET IT MULTIPLE TIMES.
You do not need to be on "internet dating sites" to be targeted for this scam.
You know that woman who claims other women hate her because she's too beautiful? Well, I'm not her. But I have had two "US soldiers in Afghanistan" contact me in the past two days on regular social media sites because they saw my picture and fell in love with how beautiful I am.
We had some fascinating conversations. One is Bobby Norman Boland, a staff sergeant on Skype, but a Major-General on Facebook. He's about to retire from the army after 21 years service, and has a "big future" ahead of him. He's planning to buy either a hotel or a hospital. He is widowed and has no family except a young daughter. In the midst of a single conversation he went from spelling and grammar that would indicate English was second language (and a poor one at that), to perfect spelling and sentence structure. When I asked about the change in writing style it was because he'd moved from a palm-held device to a desktop.
The other is Barella Hiller, the General in charge of the forces in Afghanistan. (Who of course has time to search the internet looking for pictures of women he wants to contact, while he's responsible for managing a war.) He is quite coincidentally coming to my home state soon to invest in real estate and telecommunications. His English was also of the English-as-second-language-but-not-very-well-learned variety.
I did a Google Search for both these gentlemen's names:
Boland: had the Skype account he first contacted me on, and a Facebook account that was a couple of days old. I could find no other sign that he existed. One could say, fair enough, if he wasn't a Major General, maybe he really had never done anything to bring him to the attention of anyone in the world.
Hiller: I could no trace except the Skype profile he contacted me with, and the link warning about the scam that I've placed at the top of the page. General in charge of the US forces anywhere? Fairly sure he would have earned a couple of column centimetres in someone's newspaper at some time since the internet began.
Ladies, the lesson is that men can be creeps on the internet just as much as in real life. Just as you wouldn't immediately trust a stranger in the street is everything he says he is - same goes for a stranger on-line. I'm not saying you can't meet someone wonderful on line, but if it smells fishy it probably is - and definitely run a Google search on any stranger who wants a personal relationship with you.