Once victims are hooked, the criminals continue their ruse.
"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.
But is this because its so easy to sign up - with no profile needed other than answering a few questions - or is it because most of its users are fake?
Read on to find out."There are many single people on Ashley Madison that wish to meet attached people for various reasons.
The victims are most often unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who think they are romantically involved on the Internet with an American Soldier, when in fact they are being cyber-robbed by perpetrators thousands of miles away. The perpetrators will often take the true rank and name of a U. Soldier who is honorably serving his country somewhere in the world, marry that up with some photographs of a Soldier off the Internet, and then build a false identity to begin prowling the Internet for victims.
"We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the Internet and claim to be in the U. military," said Chris Grey, Army CID's spokesman. "We have even seen instances where the Soldier was killed in action and the crooks have used that hero's identity to perpetrate their twisted scam," said CID Special Agent Russel Graves, who has been fielding the hundreds of calls and emails from victims for months.
Often times the company exists, but has no idea or is not a part of the scam.
• Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in the emails.
Have An Affair." Not unexpectedly then, there are a large number of people using the site (5.2 million according to their index page as of January 2010).
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP Report the theft to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI-NW3C Partnership) at
Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission at
If you are single and wish to meet an attached person, you're probably going to have to try a little harder. We suggest that you remain patient and keep trying."Like most dating sites, anyone can sign up for free and peruse local members.
What was different (and a bit disturbing) was that I was presented with six "specially selected" members in my area after having signed up - but none of the members could be found again in my town after I chose to skip sending them a wink. I tried to find this information both by searching the internet, searching Ashley Madison and by hanging out on the site for a few hours to see if anyone instant messaged me. Perhaps one of you has had more experience with the site and knows the answer to this question, but in my case, I honestly don't know.
Credits can be used for a number of things, and different actions cost different numbers of credits: The site accepts credits cards, Pay Pal, Interac money transfer, mail, courier or Western Union as payment.