Soldier dating scam

JOINT BASE LEWIS-Mc CHORD — A local soldier has received thousands of emails from love interests around the world.There’s only one problem: He’s not looking for love.“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.

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Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.Major Gordon Hannett, stationed at JBLM, said online fraudsters are posing as the Major and soliciting money on his behalf.Hannett said someone claiming to be him scammed more than 300 woman into thinking they were talking to the major, and would get the women to send money on his behalf.[Update: the site contacted us to notify us of the precautions they have in place, including a human editor who responds to complaints and reports, and Threat Metrix, a cybercrime prevention software.] “On some dating sites, as many as one out of 10 profiles is a scammer,,” Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch told Glamour.

The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.

“I’ve heard of women cleaning out their entire retirement accounts to send to these guys, these scammers.” Hannet said scammers use fake dating profiles and pictures to trick women into sending money for the chance to meet.