As online dating grows in popularity, romance scammers, including those that impersonate members of the U.S. military, are becoming more common. But identifying scammers can be easy once you know what to look for.
Zoosk's Insignia Initiative is a way to fight back against military romance scams through U.S. military verification and increased awareness.
- In 2016, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received almost 15,000 reports of romance scams.
- The Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) receives hundreds of allegations a month.
- The Army reports that several senior officers and enlisted Soldiers have had their identities stolen and used in these scams.
One thing that can make scammers easy to spot, is that they follow a similar script. They also tend to target older women who may be divorced or widowed.
Though scammers are familiar with U.S. culture and customs, they may just be posing as American. Scammers may also pose as a member of the U.S. military who's stationed overseas, then ask for money in order to get home or deal with an emergency.
At Zoosk, part of our community is made up of honest and upstanding members of the U.S. military who are genuinely looking for someone to start a relationship with. (In fact, some of our favorite success stories come from members of the military who found love on Zoosk.)
We want people who use our site to be aware of military romance scams, while still being confident and excited about dating and finding love with members of the U.S. military. (As they should be!)
That’s why the initiative includes both awareness about the problem and a verification system that allows members of the military to show other daters that they’re the real deal.
Email and Photo Verification
(Available to All Zoosk Members)
Providing Service Details and Driver’s License Number
Uploading Documentation That Confirms Their Service
Members who verify their service will receive a 20% discount on their subscription*, along with an "Insignia" badge on their dating profile.