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Scammers pose as US soldiers on dating sites

Dozens of women in Europe have been scammed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by African fraudsters posing as American soldiers.

Dozens of women in Europe have been scammed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by African fraudsters posing as American soldiers.

Anti-organized crime police in Europe say there has been a spate of scams in which women using dating sites have been targeted.

Typically, fraudsters from Nigeria and Ghana pose as American servicemen serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The criminals woo their victims — often middle-aged, single women — before asking for money to help with medical bills or college fees.

Kate Roberts, a British divorcee, sent $120,000 to a man she thought was an American soldier only to find the handsome hero — she even received photographs from him — was the creation of Nigerian fraudsters.

She had to sell her home to recover the money.

 
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