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From October 2013 through February of this year, there were more than 17,600 victims amounting to .3 billion in losses, according to the FBI. She charmed Tim, but luckily for him, the FBI stepped in. Other scams include fooling human resources staff to e-mail employee W-2’s to a CEO asking for the information. Nationwide, 11 companies already have been victimized, five of them in Los Angeles, said Anthony Orlando, acting special agent in charge for the Internal Revenue Service Los Angeles office. The woman wanted to marry Mc Murray and that made him suspicious.
"These are not Soldiers, they are outright thieves," said Grey."It is heartbreaking to hear these stories over and over again of people who have sent thousands of dollars to someone they have never met and sometimes have never even spoken to on the phone." The majority of the "romance scams," as they have been dubbed, are being perpetrated on social media, dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target, he said. The scams often involve carefully worded romantic requests for money from the victim to purchase special laptop computers, international telephones, military leave papers, and transportation fees to be used by the fictitious "deployed Soldier" so their false relationship can continue.The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address. 16, 2012) --- Special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are once again warning Internet users worldwide to be extra vigilant and not to fall prey to Internet scams or impersonation fraud -- especially scams promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.Criminal Investigation Command, known as CID, continues to receive hundreds of reports from people worldwide of various scams involving persons pretending to be U. Soldiers serving in Afghanistan or elsewhere, according to CID special agents.