Wichita woman reports online 'Army Marriage' dating scam

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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WICHITA, Kan. - He called himself "Clerk Wheels."

He contacted a woman in Wichita, saying he needed nearly one thousand dollars for a package to be delivered from Afghanistan, then would marry her when he returned to the states.

But the name on his jacket says 'browning', not matching the name he gave. It was the first sign, that this was a scam.

"What we see in these romance scams is that it starts out with a small denomination," said Denise Groene, Director of the Kansas Better Business Bureau. "Then, once you wire the money or send it to them, then they start asking for larger amounts."

The Army says it receives hundreds of allegations every month from victims who say they got scammed on a legitimate dating website, by someone claiming to be with the military.

The apparent soldier claims to be interested in you. Then, over a period of weeks or sooner, they ask for money relating to travel, medical, or communications fees.

But there's one key red flag, to watch for.

"Anytime somebody won't communicate with you via the phone," warns Groene. "A lot of these romance scams, they want to instant message and email. So, they will come up with any excuse as to why they can't talk on the phone."

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