Ms Smith said: “He conducted an online dating fraud exploiting lonely and vulnerable women by pretending he was an American soldier in Afghanistan to get money.” When police searched his computer in January 2015 they found “conversations with numerous women”.They also found several false Nigerian passports and driving licences.He began “intense online relationships” with the women, before asking for money.
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"We've even seen instances where the perpetrators are asking the victims for money to "purchase leave papers" from the Army, help pay for medical expenses from combat wounds received, or help pay for their flight home so they can leave the war zone," said Grey.