Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 03 or use our online fraud reporting tool.999 Date is an online dating service specialising in helping those in uniform to find a date, this includes both emergency services dating and military dating.We understand the need to be able to find uniformed singles and appreciate that every one of us is different.Some of these men used the names of real American soldiers, and would take photos from military websites to use as their profile pictures on the dating sites.Others even sent the women fake military documents to make themselves seem more authentic.
Last year, the BBC reported that a rising number of scammers, often based in West Africa, were pretending to be US soldiers in order to solicit money from women they met on dating sites.
Police believe the individual was setting her up for a scam.
The woman became suspicious because details the ‘soldier’ had given about himself did not check out.
Dr Bernard Herdan, CEO of the National Fraud Authority said that the fraudsters were "skilled in finding your emotional vulnerabilities, making you act in a way you wouldn’t normally – like sending money to someone you've never met.
They will use a number of different stories, including being a soldier abroad, to cover up why they cannot meet you and what the money is for.” Action Fraud advises all people using dating sites to refrain from trusting people too quickly, avoid giving personal email addresses, and to never send money to people not met in person.