Hook-up scams target gays on Craigslist
A Sydney man looking to add some spice to his sex life has come across a scam on Craigslist.
After posting a listing in which he said he was seeking ‘a son to train’, the man received a fast response from a Craigslist user suggesting they would like to meet up with him for ‘fun and more’.
The pair exchanged photos and the replier revealed he was a US army officer stationed at Camp Kabul in Afghanistan. A short time into the correspondence, the jarhead suggested he would be able to request leave at any time for a visit to Sydney.
After exchanging several sexy emails in which they discussed what they would like to do with each other, our Sydneysider was eager for the hook-up and offered to show the man around town and host him at his house whilst he was in Australia on leave.
Soon after the ‘army officer’ emailed back that leave wouldn’t be a problem but some protocols had to be followed through before the visit could take place. He suggested the Sydney man pose as his boyfriend and claim there was an emergency that required him to come to Australia.
Uncomfortable at the thought of lying to US military, the Sydney man suggested army boy should file a regular application for leave, but repeated his happiness to host the man for a visit.
Shortly after this, the army officer contacted the Sydneysider suggesting ‘daddy’ might be contacted by Army Protocol to supply his name and residential information for the purposes of him being granted leave.
The Sydney man agreed to do this.
Within hours an email arrived from the 'Army Protocol Office' requesting clarification of the Sydney man's details.
Then a further, badly worded, email followed, this time asking for payment of US $500 to complete the army officer’s leave application.
Our Sydney man twigged it was a scam and threatened to report the perpetrators to the Australian Federal Police – at which point the correspondence finally ceased.
You can read the email below. Names have been removed. All grammatical errors and inconsisent syntax are part of the correspondence.
We are pleased to have your information and we really appreciate your cooperation. The Leave Request processing authorization is been forwarded with his DA Form 31,Counselling Form and all necessary document to back this up to His Commander and his reporting location in United Arab Emirates UAE Dubai.
CHARGES: There is a charges of $550.00 USD which has to be paid by Requester at the beginning of the Leave Scheduling and Processing which take 3-5 days and after which the officer Leave request is processed and approved.
The Officer traveling information will be forward to you including his itinerary to know the Landing Airport. This charges is to be the paid as soon as possible to avoid any delay in the processing of the Leave Request. All payment is been directed to Sgt.XXX XXXXXX's reporting location in United Arab Emirates, payment confirmation should include the Payment receipt to verify payment as soon as its been transferred to the information below.
Officer/Receivers Name: XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX
Address/Reporting Location: Bur Dubai
City: Bur Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Note: Make sure you fill out the 3'( XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX ) names of the receiver when filling the transfer Form at the Agent location to avoid any error in confirming your payment and make sure there is no typo when written the name. All payment should be made by Electronic transfer such as Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer.
DO NOT FORGET to attach the Payment receipt in your email after payment.
SGT. XXX XXXXXX.
Head of Protocol
Camp Kabul Afghanistan.