She asked to speak with him in person or via Skype, but the man said that wasn't allowed.
“His thing was, ‘well, this is top secret, we're fighting the terrorists, we can't do anything that would compromise that, so I can't use the phone.' And I believed all this," Schuster said. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.
Multi-million-dollar scamming industry For Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey, Schuster's story is all-too familiar. His office has received calls from the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia — all from women who thought they were in love with a U. They steal soldiers' photos from social media, create a fake backstory and profile for the photographs and then target unsuspecting women on online dating sites.
The scams tend to pick up around the holidays, Grey said, so women dating online need to be careful. Never send money to someone that you've never met, never talked to on the phone,” he said.
The relationship quickly intensified, and Schuster fell hard, emailing multiple times each day.