Yesterday’s story about soldier romance scams hit home with a couple readers who called The News Tribune in the past two days to share their own stories of nearly falling for someone who claimed to be a service member in need of help online.
One woman is in touch with someone claiming to be Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who is telling her he’s stuck in Iraq. That’s hard to swallow if only for the reason that he’s most often at the Pentagon.
Another woman nearly sent $3,000 to someone claiming to be her grandson, a soldier stationed in South Korea. The person who solicited her cash claimed he was stuck in jail and needed money for bail. It sounded fishy to the caller, but she was prepared to send the money. An agent at Wells Fargo persuaded her to hold off on sending the cash, which gave her time to determine the person who had contacted her was not her grandson.
If you know of a scam from someone claiming to be a service member around Joint Base Lewis-McChord, call the Army Criminal Investigation Division there at 253 967-3151.