Military Leave Scam Scenario

Fake leave request form Amongst the many dating website scams that the team frequently hear about is one that is loosely based around a “soldier” who is to shortly go on leave, however he requires a set fee to be paid prior to his leave approval. The scammer explains that this fee, along with other information, must be collected from a third party. When described like this it’s quite clear that this is a questionable situation, however the ways in which such scammers confidence trick their victims is something else altogether. Here we explain in detail how this scam works so that you can avoid becoming a Military leave scam victim.

Why this scam works

Unfortunately the Military leave scam is frequently all too successful. There are a few potential reasons behind such a healthy success rate, with the first being that the “Soldier” persona is one that instantly creates credence. It is a career that requires certain qualities from a person, such as integrity, honesty and an element of bravery. Secondary to this is the various documents that can be produced to add authenticity to the story; whilst each of these are, of course, forged, they can look all too real given the number of sources that they can draw from online in ensuring they resemble the real thing. Third is then the scammer themselves. These people are invariably professionals and as such are skilled in addressing any concerns the victim may have.

How this scam plays out

The military leave scam begins with a fake soldier contacting the victim and building up a relationship through a series of messages, live chats and perhaps even voice calls or web cam chats. Once the scammer believes that they have a level of trust and interest from their victim they will attempt to extract money, or information that will allow them access to the victim’s money (e.g. their bank account). This involves the pretence that the soldier intends to visit, but in order to do so he needs the victim to send a fee for the leave to be processed. They ask their victims for information, which is then followed up with falsified documentation that victims are expected to fill out and return. The subsequent payment is then requested, usually through Western Union, MoneyGram or bank transfer.

Here’s just one example of the correspondence that the Military scam may see the victim being sent.

“Attention Mrs Karin,

We have received the online Leave Request form you submitted on behalf of your Fiancé, St. Morgan Hendriks yesterday, hereby confirming that you have a relationship with him but we need you to agree to the Leave policy which will attract a refundable charges fee and further instructions for his Leave to be processed so he can start his Leave on Feb 1 and his Leave Bonus & all other benefits paid to him.

Hope to read from you promptly and sorry for any inconveniences, Thanks for your co-operation.

Yours in Service

The victim may also be required to talk to a “superior officer” who is either the scammer himself or an accomplice. This can be used both to extract information as well as provide further believability to the story.
To add further weight to their story male scammers frequently produce fake or doctored documents. This may include an “official” leave request form, some form of ID or it may simply be a standard email from a superior which reassures the victim that all is well and that this is common practice. team aim to bring you the very latest advice and guidance on how you can avoid falling victim to male scammers who lurk on dating websites. We are continually researching and investigating the new ways in which male scammers are trying to lure unsuspecting victims into their criminal traps; from this we inform, educate and arm people with knowledge who would otherwise become male scam victims.