Then today I read about a 66-year-old widow who sent $60,000 to a total stranger with a fabricated identity and photo "of a fit outdoorsman." She met "Ken" a year ago after he sent her a Friend request "out of the blue" on Facebook. Now she's broke and Ken is nowhere to be found.
The U. S. Army Criminal Investigation Command reports receiving "hundreds of allegations a month" from people who were scammed on social or dating websites by someone claiming to be a U.S. soldier. Obviously the problem is not Internet scammers but rather stupid old ladies. Who knows what they'll do next.