Mother & Daughter Accused Of Pretending To Be Soldiers To Woo $1 Million From Online Daters

Online dating is already fraught with enough questions and anxiety over whether or not the person you’re going to meet is as charming or attractive (or has as much hair) as the person you’ve come to know through the Internet. You shouldn’t also have to worry that that soldier stationed in Afghanistan you’ve been flirting with is actually a middle-aged woman in Colorado who just wants to scam you out of your money.

Police in Adams County, CO, have arrested a mother-daughter pair, alleging the twosome posed as deployed military personnel to defraud online daters out of at least $1 million.

According to authorities, over a three-year period, the women would go online to start fraudulent romances and then ask their cyber buddies to wire money for travel expenses and other costs.

That money would then be funneled to the head scammers in Nigeria and the mom and daughter would take a percentage.

CBS Denver reports that the pair opened at least 20 different bank accounts at 11 different banks in order to hide their ill-gotten gains.

The victims weren’t just American women. Police believe that 374 women in around 40 countries were taken in by the scam.

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Ironically, the video is preceded by an advertisement for eHarmony.

    Also, I expected a young daughter and middle-aged mother. Not a middle-aged daughter and aging mother. Sheesh.

  2. Herah says:

    So did they claim to be male or female soldiers? The second makes this story a lot more interesting.

    • Sudonum says:

      From the post:
      “The victims weren’t just American women. Police believe that 374 women in around 40 countries were taken in by the scam.”

      I guess with the end of DADT they could be swinging either way, but I’m guessing they were claiming to be male.

    • oooJASONooo says:

      There’s a lot of question regarding whether the women posed as men or women. The title of this story is misleading. The story does not indicate that the mother and daughter were posing as soldiers. What they did was facilitate the dating site and accept payment for Nigerians that were posing as soldiers.

  3. lacubsfan2 says:

    Sorry… but if you are dumb enough to send money to someone you meet over the net, you deserve what happens to you. We should not have laws that protect the stupid, because 100 years ago they would have died from their own stupidity. Natural Selection.

    • krom says:

      There’s being stupid, and there’s making a stupid mistake, which are not the same thing, yet often quite difficult to differentiate.

    • Lethe says:

      That’s like saying we shouldn’t have laws protecting children from bullying or physical abuse, since all that does is protect the weaker members of society (if the weakest ones died, we’d be a stronger gene pool!).

      Part of being in a community is agreeing to protect the weaker members. What’s next, encouraging elder abuse? Closing group homes for the mentally challenged?

      • lacubsfan2 says:

        No… it’s not like saying that at all. GROWN PEOPLE on a dating site are different than CHILDREN.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          That breeze was the point whooshing over your head.

    • StarKillerX says:

      Actually 100 years ago they would have hung the scammers from a tree.

      • NotEd says:

        Yes, the laws for Internet fraud were much harsher 100 years ago, to be sure.

        • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

          If you were to babble about the internet back then you may have been more likely burned at the stake. I’d rather be hung. Actually, I am hung.

        • oooJASONooo says:

          Excellent point.
          WINNING!

          “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” – Abraham Lincoln

    • stoic says:

      Yes, stupid people deserve to be ripped off and if they die as a result at least it reduces the surplus population.

    • srufus says:

      Really… 100 years ago. What about now?

  4. FatLynn says:

    Just out of curiosity, what law does this actually break? If someone gives you a gift because you lied to them, is that illegal?

    • Blueskylaw says:

      Obtaining property by false pretenses is when a person obtains property by intentionally misrepresenting a past or existing fact.

      The elements of false pretenses are: (1) a false representation (2) of a material past or existing fact (3) which the person making the representation knows is false (4) made for the purpose of causing (5) and which does cause (6) the victim to pass title (7) to his property [3] False pretenses is a statutory offense in most jurisdictions; subject matter covered by statute varies accordingly, and is not necessarily limited to tangible personal property – some statutes include intangible personal property and services. For example the North Carolina false pretense statute applies to obtaining “any money, goods, property, services, choses in action, or any other thing of value …” Under common law, false pretense is defined as a representation of a present or past fact, which the thief knows to be false, and which he intends will and does cause the victim to pass title of his property. That is, false pretense is the acquisition of title from a victim by fraud or misrepresentation of a material past or present fact.

  5. Blueskylaw says:

    People these days are so stupid. If that mother and daughter team had any brains, they would have told those Nigerian scammers to go blank themselves and kept the money themselves. This would have the added benefit of helping the economy when they would buy the eventual
    5 series BMW, jewelry, designer clothes and velvet Elvis painting.

    • Coffee says:

      Seriously…that was the most unbelievable part of the story to me. The whole benefit of living in Nigeria is that you don’t have any risk of getting caught. To assume the risk, then send the money to the Nigerians anyway? All I can say is whom was scamming who? Whom? Who? Whatever. Fuck it.

    • mgchan says:

      im guessing the Nigerian scammers provided some money laundering services. Their knowledge of bank fraud must have come in handy. The women probably would have been caught long ago if they only had a couple bank accounts available to them to receive money.

      • FatLynn says:

        I thought you could get money via WU with only the confirmation code; not even an ID required. You’d have to launder the cash, but that’s not so tough, I don’t think.

    • gman863 says:

      Holy shit. If you watched the video, plastic surgery should be at the top of their spend list.

  6. krom says:

    There’s something awkward about the way this post is worded that implies that a mother and daughter could not possibly be military personnel. The writer assumes, and expects the reader to assume, that “women as military personnel” *must* be a scam, before going into the actual scammy details.

    Couldn’t two cute women themselves pose as military personnel and scam men who dig girls in uniform? Or share their love for M16s? Or whatever?

    Too much Mad Men for this poster, I think!

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Reading the last line that 374 women were scammed and that this was through dating sites leads one to believe that they were posing as men. But, then again, as Herah above also says, the article does not say whether they were posing as men to scam these women through romance, or if they were on the site and posting as women to scam other women through fake romances.

    • drbtx1 says:

      How do you know they were not posing as male soldiers? I would find it slightly implausible that the mom would be stationed in Afghanistan after seeing her photo.

    • psm321 says:

      I think you’re reading too much into it or applying your own biases (finding what you want to find). I read through most of the article (until I got to the end) assuming that they were posing as female military personnel and scamming men with a “chivalry” instinct.

  7. ZenListener says:

    Two women pretending to be men can get a response, but I can’t. Sigh.

    • krom says:

      Obviously the secret is to pretend to be a military man!

    • TheMansfieldMauler says:

      Women don’t use online dating to find dates. They use online dating to boost their egos.

      If you contact a woman, you’ve already given her what she wants and she has no reason to respond. All she was looking for in the first place was validation.

      • Schildkrote says:

        Hahahaha.

        This one’s going in consumerist.txt.

      • Coffee says:

        Damn, son…bitter much? Maybe it’s you. There are women online, if you know where to look. I met my girlfriend online, and as soon as she turns 18 in a few years, we’re getting married!

      • tbax929 says:

        Is that what you tell yourself to feel better about not getting responses?

        I met my gf online, and I know lots of other people who met their mates online. Someone is obviously responding.

    • Coffee says:

      Well you are a robot…that’s not really what women look for in a man. Maybe if you just told them you were a sex robot from the future…

    • Blueskylaw says:

      I feel your pain brother.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Perhaps because, as women, they knew what women wanted to hear. You, a man, don’t have that insight.

      Also, *insert joke reason why your profile sucks and that’s why you aren’t getting any replies*

      #toolazy

  8. CrazyEyed says:

    Dating sites have always been hotbeds for scammers. Problem is, as soon as you start sending money to high risk countries, the banks start to take notice. Had they scammed and kept the money themselves, their little laundering operation might have succeeded longer.

  9. AllanG54 says:

    Two of the ugliest women I’ve ever seen. I guess their pictures weren’t posted.

  10. eturowski says:

    The Nigerian scammers then sent the mother mother and daughter their cut of the profit as a check for $20,000 over the correct amount, asking the mother and daughter to deposit the check and kindly wire the overage back to Nigeria.

  11. Hungry Dog says:

    Hi, I’m a veteran currently living in Colorado, I’m single and have a mildly stupid dog. Any takers?
    No… oh well back to selling blood to keep us fed.

  12. Kaleey says:

    evil scammers, being scammed by some nigerian launderer.

    Liked the tag:
    “you don’t sound like a soldier”

  13. framitz says:

    I wish there was a warning next to the link to the original article about the photos being nausea inducing.

    I was TRYING to have lunch.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      Yeah those “women” are not exactly easy on the eyes.

    • Hungry Dog says:

      Sweet Zombie Jesus, it’s like they fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down and then it collapsed on them.

      • Cicadymn says:

        So I’m sitting here thinking. “Man, these guys are totally exaggerating. No way it’s that bad.”

        So then I see their pictures.

        Listen, I’m sorry I doubted you. I was wrong and I owe you and framitz an apology. I’ll be right back, going to bleach my eyes real quick.

  14. AngryK9 says:

    What does having hair have to do with it? Seriously, if people are still so shallow….given that the “in thing” for men these days is to shave their heads…

  15. Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

    Where is C-ist user “Nigerian Prince” when you need him?

  16. Not Given says:

    Why do Nigerian scammers say they’re from Nigeria? To weed out the folks not dumb enough to fall for it.

  17. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    “You shouldn’t also have to worry that that soldier stationed in Afghanistan you’ve been flirting with is actually a middle-aged woman in Colorado who just wants to scam you out of your money.”

    That is something I worry about every day. I’m very paranoid.

  18. AEN says:

    What kind of business model is this? You do all the scamming work, you collect the money, you send the money to Nigeria and only “keep a percentage.” Why wouldn’t you scam the Nigerians and keep the whole amount? Just sayn’

  19. IraAntelope says:

    now it would be ok for them to set up near a military base and earn the $1 mil the old-fashioned way…right?