I recently observed there's a lot of requests coming from people of various military positions wanting to be added or requesting me to add them to Skype. I receive an average of 3 requests daily and it's getting annoying since my Skype is only to contact my family and friends abroad.
At first I played their game, added a Sgt. McCann and chatted with him briefly getting to know if he's a real human being or not. He said he's from London, stationed in Afganistan, a widower who has a 15-year old son who is now in a boarding school. And his son's birthday is coming up so could I possibly send his son a present in his behalf? $US500 would be just good enough for him so he can get himself a skateboard and some new clothes and even have some amount left to treat his friends for dinner.
I was shocked! Yet I pretended to be paying attention and chatted with him the next day. He continues to bug me to send his son $US500 instead of answering my queries about details, so I just deleted and blocked him from Skype. Others I played along with had the same story to tell and so I know they are all scammers who are looking for poor unsuspecting women who will fall on their claws in the guise of internet love affair.
Several requests continued to come in from various military officials from US, London, Canada, etc. so I have a message prepared for each one of them: "Are you a widower or a divorcee with a teenage son you sent to a boarding school who will be celebrating a special event soon and needs some presents sent to him? If you are, shame on you for using military names and symbols for scamming. I'm working on getting your IP address now, to report you."
Immediately that stopped them from messaging me, so I know they're truly scammers. A few days ago, I also changed my Skype message which got my family worried. It now says "Gotcha prankster! I just captured your IP address." Since then, I have not received any more requests so that made me smile and share this experience to you all.
Be warned and beware ladies of these scammers. Don't let yourselves be scammed.