You, dear reader, are Internet savvy. You're here. The best place on the internet. It's obvious. So when you get a Facebook request from someone who has a Chippendale dancer avatar and a grand total of five friends, you know it's a fake. Perhaps some of the older women these scammers target are as savvy as you are. But others aren't and simply think that a uniformed stranger wants to be their friend.
The scammers also create fake email addresses and multiple Skype profiles:
At some point, you have to wonder if it might have been less time consuming to just enlist.
And then, after countless late nights texting sweet nothings to one another, they ask the woman to send money to Ghana.
What is an American Army officer doing in Ghana? Army stuff, of course! And what does he need money for? Body armor, rations, stuff to keep him alive -- you're always hearing about people in the military dying from a lack of good gear, right? So send your secret boyfriend money via Western Union. You can't meet him in person because he's currently deployed, but you can help keep him alive. And if you ever want to see him in person, well, then it's all the more important that you send him that money. Plus, maybe one day he can purchase a leave form and take you on a romantic honeymoon.