Romance scams use IDs of JBLM soldiers

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 4:17 AM

The U.S. Army says impostors are using the names of soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to scam people out of thousands of dollars, The News Tribune reports.

In one instance, someone on the dating website oasis.com claimed to be Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparotti, who is currently the deputy commander in Afghanistan. The scammer wanted a woman to send him $6,000.

Last month, a Taiwanese woman reportedly sent $30,000 to someone claiming to be Gen. David Petreaus, the top war commander in Afghanistan.

The Army says most of these schemes originate in Nigeria or Ghana. People who receive these kinds of requests should consider them to be phony.

Read more at The News Tribune
 

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