Like most romance scams, they will be quick to fall in love and display most of the common characteristics of any other African romance scam: Bad English and grammar Not paying much attention to what you say Rarely answering questions Over use of terms such as "babe" Telling you how attractive you are and how much you mean to them often and early Possibly having children at home being looked after by a family member Stolen poetry being sent with claims they wrote it themselves.Wife left them after infidelity or killed in an accident In almost all cases the scammers will claim to be currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan however IP checks will usually place them in Africa or increasingly Malaysia.Many scammers also have means of receiving money into a bank account if required.This scam goes completely against how leave works in the US military.At this stage they will often refer to you as their spouse.They will put you in touch with a superior officer to arrange the leave with you.This scam is performed by male scammers using stolen pictures of male military personnel.There have however been limited reports of scammers pretending to be female military personnel as well.
They will tell you that, in order to take leave you need to apply for leave on their behalf.
This is much closer to the much older scam referring to Saddam's millions which was commonly used by scammers without a romantic component.
In order for the money to reach you, a courier of some kind will need to be paid and this is where the scam victim comes in.
Of course, even without the phone, the scammer will always manage to stay in touch with you as that is the only way to be able to get their hands on your money.
Usually this part of the scam sees the scammer direct you to a fake company representative or perhaps a convincing website that will discuss the terms and conditions of the phone to you.
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