Grey said he gets calls every week from victims of these kinds of scams.
-- Be suspicious if the person claims he cannot speak to you on the phone or communicate with you through letters in the mail.Service members serving overseas will often have an APO or FPO mailing address.Western Union allows customers in 200 countries to send cash within minutes between 498,000 agents.But once the money has been transferred and withdrawn it cannot be traced.The number of compensation claims received is expected to exceed the pot of money available, so victims are unlikely to have their full losses covered.
Steve Nowottny, of Money Saving Expert, said: ‘Unfortunately if you’re caught out by a scam involving a wire transfer it can be notoriously difficult to get your money back – so this appears to be a welcome opportunity to reclaim.‘For many who may have long since written off their losses it’s a real opportunity to get at least some money back.’Western Union said it shared the US government’s goal of protecting customers from fraud and was co-operating with the department of justice. Do you want to automatically post your Mail Online comments to your Facebook Timeline?
"Another critical issue," Grey said, "is we don't want victims walking away and thinking that a U. Soldier has ripped them off, when in fact that Soldier is honorably serving his or her country and often not even aware that his pictures or identity have been stolen." TIPS FOR IDENTIFYING, DEALING WITH ONLINE SCAMMERS -- Don't ever send money!
Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.
Now that the holidays are over and Valentine's Day is fast approaching, Special Agents with the Army Criminal Investigation Command, also known as CID, are anticipating a different type of holiday frenzy -- an increase in "romance scam" reports.
The scam involves an online scammer tricking a victim into believing he or she is "in a relationship" with an American Soldier and then hustling the victim out of his or her money.
Scammers will communicate carefully worded romantic requests for money to purchase computers, international telephones, or pay transportation fees -- always to be used by the fictitious "deployed Soldier" so the relationship can continue.