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1) If someone is still AD (Active Duty) at 48, they are either a) an officer, b) they entered the military late or c) they spent part of their career as NG or Reserves. Otherwise, they are lying.
2) if someone is 48 (enlisted) and has 20 years and they are only an E5 (especially in the Army) either a) they spent all of their time in trouble, b) they are lying. The Army picks up rank faster than any service branch and if they are at the 20 year mark they should be AT LEAST an E7.
3) If someone is saying they are an officer and typing crappy emails like I got (bad English/grammar) - RUN - officers are highly educated people.
There are a couple ways to check them out if you have their "home of record", branch of service and rank - military.com has a "buddy finder" and while people can ask to be "hidden" 95% of the service members aren't. The rank may be out of date if they had a recent promotion, but not too out of date. It's free to register for military.com and it can be a good place to do a little digging. Though if someone is using a common name, it can be more difficult - and if the scammers are using that, well, doesn't help much.
Also, look st the language they use. I live the next town over from a major military base. I have had people talk to me that list that city as their home. When asked what their MOS is, they give a fairly decent answer, but not the correct wording for it. For instance they give you the correct code for the MOS (11 bravo) vs saying infantry (just a random example). Also being that I live so close to this base, if you ask what they do the response is usually “I work for the United States Army” and that they are stationed at (the base) but are currently in (some country Afghanistan,Syria) on a peace keeping mission (that’s the new current favorite job), and they are retiring in a few weeks. NO real soldier would say they work for the United States Army.. it’s usually just Army. Abviously if you say you’re at the base, obviously you are Army. Another flag is that they don’t know my town. If you’re stationed at a base, you know the next city over for sure. I had someone message me on FB and tell me that they were a pilot and an instructor. I asked them their rank, expecting some CWO or officer rank, guy said he was an E5. Major NO, unless he was busted down A LOT. FYI officers are never busted to an enlisted rank. 2LT is the lowest they can go.I recently joined a dating site and I was shockes to find so many men who I knew to be scammers, which led me to join this site which Im grateful to have found. I think what shocked me most was to see so many scammers using photos of military personnel to scam people. My son is actually a Marine ( proud mommy here) I know that for the most part we all have heard of scammers asking us to request leave for them and pay a fee, send money thru a special agent or a care package usually containing expensive items etc.... but I would like to add a few other tips maybe most already know, maybe some dont just trying to help. These are things I know from my son, Military I.D.s look more like a mug shot not a handsome face, they are face shots and the person in the id will probably have very little or no facial hair. Military members have restrictions on tatoos so if you see a pic of someone with tats on the hands, neck, or lower arms claiming to be currently in the military he's probably a fake. If he says he's on a undercover secret mission he's fake a real soldier would never reveal this to you. If he has a pic of himself in full combat gear in the desert or in a location he cannot reveal to you and he's squeky clean from his head to his shining black boots uh!! well he's probably not in the desert. If he can't give you his military e-mail address then he's fake every military member has one, or If he can't tell you his mos he's fake. Every active Military member has a home base In the U.S. so if he can't tell you his he's fake. I had one guy claim to be stationed at the same base my son is and he still tried to scam me into sending him a care package thru a special agent of course lol....I hope maybe I said something that will help someone else....
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