So, you met this great guy on a dating site. He loves all the same things you do and you have tons in common. What’s more, he’s in the military which just gives him those extra plus points! You’ve been talking for a while now, and you’ve finally decided that it’s time to meet up. Problem is, he’s still on duty and the only way he can come home to meet you is if he files for a military leave.
You talked about it, and you both decided that it would definitely be worth it for him to take the trip. To apply for his leave, he needs to fill up a bunch of documents and pay a fee… which he claims needs to come from a third party payer, a.k.a. you. Now, you like this guy so much, you’ll do anything to see him in person! So, you do exactly as he says and you send those few hundred dollars to the account he stated. Now it’s time to meet your man, and he’s nowhere to be found. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and you don’t hear from him again. What just happened, you might ask? You were just the victim of a military leave scam.
How to Avoid a Military Leave Scam
It’s easy to fall victim to scams that prey on your emotions. These scammers know that the most effective way to a woman’s wallet is through her heart. Keep your head above your heart to better recognize when you’re being scammed.
Take note of these tips to avoid the classic military leave con:
- Do a background check on the person you’re dating. The Internet offers a wide range of options for you to find out more about an individual. Although sometimes, pros of the trade like Ghana scammers can be thorough and might be able to create fake accounts on social media sites that sell them as legitimate soldiers. Still though, there’s no harm in doing a little research, especially if they weren’t smart enough to cover their tracks.
- Video chat for verification. If the man you met is really the man he says he is, then he won’t be afraid to talk to you through video. This allows you to see if the face matches the pictures, as well as if he’s actually in a military training camp.
- If he asks you to shell out money, odds are, it’s a scam. If and when you’re asked to pay a substantial amount of money, then it would probably be better to ditch your date. Unless the man who’s asking for money is already your husband, then by all means, DO NOT send that cash and DO NOT give out your bank details, no matter how legitimate it all might seem.
Remember, it’s easy to fall victim to these kinds of Nigerian scams especially if you’re emotionally invested. Don’t be easy to trust the people you meet on the Internet. Keep these tips in mind, and save yourself the spending.