Report the theft by phone at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261.Report the theft by mail at the following address: Identity Theft Clearinghouse Federal Trade Commission Washington, DC 20580 Report the fraud by email to the Federal Trade Commission on Nigerian Scams via at [email protected] Be very suspicious if you never get to actually speak with the person on the phone or are told you cannot write or receive letters in the mail.
Victims are usually unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who believe they are romantically involved with an American Soldier, yet are being exploited and ultimately robbed by perpetrators that strike from thousands of miles away. The majority of the "romance scams," are being perpetrated on social media and dating-type websites where unsuspecting females are the main target. The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address.
Internet or not, service members always appreciate a letter in the mail.
Military members have an email address that end in "" If the person you are speaking with cannot sent you at least one email from a ".mil" (that will be the very LAST part of the address and nothing after), then there is a high probability they are not in the military.
To date, there have been no reports to Army CID indicating any U. service members have suffered any financial loss as a result of these attacks. "Another critical issue is we don't want victims who do not report this crime walking away and thinking that a U. serviceman has ripped them off when in fact that serviceman is honorably serving his country and often not even aware that his pictures or identity have been stolen," said Grey. Be extremely suspicious if you are asked for money for transportation costs, communication fees or marriage processing and medical fees.
Carefully check out the stories you are being told.