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They are very persistent," she said."These scams have huge benefits for the scammers — real wealth — so they put an awful lot of time into grooming and deceiving people who believe they have found the love of their life."In 2016, more than 4,000 reports were made to Scamwatch regarding dating and romance scams.Ms Rickard said the ACCC did not have the resources to police the huge number of incidents being reported to them each year and catching just one scammer was incredibly difficult.Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. These are not men who are in the United States military. I tried to raise the money but was making myself sick trying. I really need your help because I’m trying to help my Army guy from Fort Campbell. Vicki, I met a sergeant in the Army on Facebook from the Zoosk dating site. He started asking me to send 0 for a secure phone line.He needs to relax and enjoy himself instead of going from one war to the next. What can I do to draw attention to my soldier’s situation? Sincerely, Stuck in a Serious Situation ***** Dear Ms.Vicki, I’m writing you to find out if I am being scammed by this man who I met on Facebook.
It’s so unfair that the military would put all of these restrictions on them before releasing them.It can take weeks, months, sometimes years before the scammers' ultimate aim becomes clear, but there will always be a request for money Ms Rickard said."They will spin you a story asking for money.If you pay that, there will be another story and another.One minute, he is in Afghanistan and the next minute he is in Africa.I have to send him money from time to time so that he can stay in constant communication with me, but that’s OK because I understand that he cannot have access to his money because he is constantly on the go. Military members can access their money from overseas.
It is big organised crime [and] most of the scammers are based overseas," she said.