Lying About Being a Soldier on Dating Site Is New Low
By now the world is on to the fact that people lie on their online dating profiles. And that's fine. Sometimes. I think there are two types of lies one can tell on such a platform: Little white ones that, really, won't have too much of a bearing on a future relationship; and big fat ones that blatantly state that a person is a completely different human from who they really are. Those are the bad ones. Saying you're a soldier stationed overseas when really you're a filthy, scamming piece of crap would go into that category.
Apparently the practice of dudes posing as United States soldiers stationed overseas on dating services is still alive and well in the creepy, anonymous world of Internet. And the really messed up part is that it's not just so they can up their cred, it's so they can rob the crap out of poor lonely women who simply want to date a soldier.
See, the people who are lying about being in the military are actually con artists who pledge their "love" to women back in America ... and then milk them out of tons and tons of cash. Some of the thieves are even going as far as to steal the identity of real, live soldiers fighting for our country in order to make their story more solid. You know, in case their love interest decided to do a Google search for them or something.
Last month, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID) warned Americans to be wary of "scams promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts." A similar warning was issued last May, but, according to the CID:
[They] continue to receive hundreds of reports of various scams involving persons pretending to be U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The victims are most often unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who think they are romantically involved on the Internet with an American Soldier, when in fact they are being cyber-robbed by perpetrators thousands of miles away.
In the year 2011, lying about who you are has never been easier. Grab a random photo from here, someone's photo from there, boom, you can create an entire phony Facebook profile (did anyone see the movie Catfish?), but lying about being a US soldier really just takes things to a whole new low. It's not only unbelievably insulting to the real US soldiers, it's insulting to the women and men brave enough to fall in love with them.
With all the ways the Internet is helping people lie about who they are, you'd think it would, at the same time, offer more ways to prevent this stuff. Maybe next year.
How gross is this?
Image via The U.S. Army/Flickr
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