Internet dating scams us army

01-Jan-2020 06:42

CID said there have been hundreds of claims each month from people who said they've been scammed on legitimate dating apps and social media sites.According to the alleged victims, the scammers have asked for money for fake service-related needs such as transportation, communications fees, processing and medical fees — even marriage.Facebook is also testing software that can automatically spot impostors of some of the most commonly impersonated service members.One of the company’s primary lines of defense are reports from users.On Facebook and Instagram, there are lottery scams, celebrity impostors and even fake Mark Zuckerbergs.There is also a scheme where scammers pose as American service members to cheat vulnerable women out of their savings. Scammers steal photos from service members’ Facebook and Instagram profiles and use them to create impostor accounts.Facebook said it removes impostor accounts when it spots them and, in some cases, works with the authorities to prosecute scammers.

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The company added that facial recognition technology notifies people when another account uses their photo, though tests by The Times showed the feature sometimes didn’t work.They also try and educate service members to protect their identities. Because many of the accounts impersonate Army soldiers, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, which investigates crimes involving Army personnel, has become a repository for victims’ complaints.