I was very lucky to realize he was a scam because he would never answer my questions about himself and kept postponing the date when he was supposed to be arriving back to the states.I think the biggest giveaway was that he was in Africa and wouldn't say exactly where and then asked me to send him some money when he was supposed to be in the construction business.Of course, he said he would "fund" it to me when he came back home.Unfortunately, I did give him my home address because he wanted to send me flowers, which he did and his note was so sweet. So now I have to delete all these things from my cell phone and computer but at least I didn't send him any money.He said over the past five years he's received around 25 different emails from fictitious soldiers overseas who need help laundering their discovered millions or are requesting donations for the treatment of their injuries.Even though he recognizes them immediately as scams, he said he often plays along, "scamming the scammer." "It drives my wife crazy but I'll go along with the scam the whole time," he said.
The picture he sent to me of what was supposed to be a picture of him was someone who looked too good to be true - much younger than the 55 years old he said he was, he appeared to be about 35 - 40 - and probably a male model.
When I asked him why he needed to be there doing that kind of work, he said he traveled all over the world.
My children were here at my house when all of this was taking place (when he asked me to send him money via and didn't want my son to know about this.
Deyo admits that it's entertaining to see the lengths scammers will go to when they think he's interested — from excessive correspondence to mailing bogus checks to prove their story.
But he also said that by stringing them along, he hopes they have less time to target more vulnerable individuals. Roberts said that because of the respect and admiration that people feel for those who serve in the armed services, they're more willing to enter into a transaction sight-unseen than they normally would be.