When Phoebe was approached by a soldier based in Afghanistan, she had no idea that she was about to fall victim to one of the most common - and underhanded - dating scams around.
Melanie Daria, one of Trustify’s private investigators, first saw Peter’s profile when it was sent to her by Phoebe, a client.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.