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.
After a few weeks, the man told her he needed some money to help his daughter go on a school trip. She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen.
She loaned him about ,000 by wiring the money to Britain, where he said his mother lived with his daughter. Schuster had her doubts, but said she was so scared that she might lose him that she was willing to keep wiring the money through Western Union.
A few years ago, she received what appeared to be a promising email on the dating site He said he was a widower with an adorable daughter — the type of man and family that she'd been looking for, and most of all, he seemed very interested in Schuster.
“I just thought my prayers are being answered," she told VOA.
Personnel from armed forces are unable to enjoy the lives and routines of the civilians as they are posted far from home and repositioned from time to time.
Now they can choose their partners from wherever they are.
The only basic factor to be considered is that you need to be above 18 years to join the site.
The faster the scammer is off the dating site, the lower the chances of being caught using a fake profile, according to Schuster.
Schuster turned her anger into action, and by sharing her story, she says she helped a woman in New Zealand and a fellow American in Boston discover that they were being duped.
~ Fake stories about frozen accounts or money for surgeries.
The military does not freeze members' bank accounts or credit cards and provides health care for deployed service members. Schuster said she was encouraged to use personal email immediately rather than the site.