At this stage they will often refer to you as their spouse.

They will put you in touch with a superior officer to arrange the leave with you.

Like most romance scams, they will be quick to fall in love and display most of the common characteristics of any other African romance scam: Bad English and grammar Not paying much attention to what you say Rarely answering questions Over use of terms such as "babe" Telling you how attractive you are and how much you mean to them often and early Possibly having children at home being looked after by a family member Stolen poetry being sent with claims they wrote it themselves.

Wife left them after infidelity or killed in an accident In almost all cases the scammers will claim to be currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan however IP checks will usually place them in Africa or increasingly Malaysia.

Of course, even without the phone, the scammer will always manage to stay in touch with you as that is the only way to be able to get their hands on your money.

Usually this part of the scam sees the scammer direct you to a fake company representative or perhaps a convincing website that will discuss the terms and conditions of the phone to you.

There may be fake contracts to fill in or documents to be sent to make it seem more official.

At this stage the scammer will insist that he is unable to pay for the service at this time for one of many reasons and he will ask you to pay it for him, in most cases promising to pay you back as soon as he can. The US military goes to great lengths to ensure their personnel have access to the means to communicate with their family back home wherever possible.Scams involving Military Personnel Scammers impersonating Military personnel are becoming increasingly common.They start in most cases by contacting you on a social networking site claiming to be in the military, usually the US military.Further, the US Military (or other military forces for that matter) will not allow another person to apply for leave on a soldier's behalf.The mention of filling in a leave form for a military person is a definite sign of a scam.The Satellite Phone Variant In this variant, the scammer may suggest that he is about to be deployed to another area where there is no regular phone service and possibly reduced access to the internet or chat.