PC Lee Halford of West Mercia Police said: "We are keen to make women who use internet dating websites aware of these scams, so that they will exercise caution.
"So-called ‘romance scammers' will set out to form an online relationship over a period of weeks or months and then make a request for money when they feel they have established enough trust.
However, they don’t talk about it and they certainly don’t tell you they are on a “top secret mission”. He says he is not allowed to talk about what he does, however, he has cleared it with his CO that he can tell you enough to make you believe he is who he says. If he truly is not allowed to share any details about his job, his CO doesn’t even allow him to talk about it with family, much less someone he met on the internet.
********** UPDATE: Two women were prosecuted for receiving over one million dollars from 374 people in these scams! Since starting the website in 2004, I have received many emails from people who believe they are dating a soldier when, in most cases, they actually are not.
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