Online Romance Scam Targets Women

Online Romance Scam Targets Women

POSTED: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 11:03am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 11:05am

EL PASO - An online scam is taking aim at "lonely women" and making U.S. soldiers look bad in the process. 

The U.S. Army says the scammers use the pictures and names of soldiers serving overseas on dating websites and start relationships with women.

The scammers then explain in order to continue the online relationship, because they say they are serving overseas, they need money for "special laptops."

"We've even seen instances where the perpetrators are asking the victims for money to "purchase leave papers" from the Army or help pay for their flight home so they can leave the war zone," An Army spokesman said.

NewsChannel 9 is working with Fort Bliss to find out if anyone here has been a victim of this scam.

Check back to see what we find out.

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