He told her he was an Army lieutenant serving in Afghanistan and would be retiring soon. The two sent instant messages back and forth for more than a month when, at the end of November, Glen wrote to say that he had been shot in the leg and needed medicine.“I don’t know (anything) about the military,” Lisa said. After she finally agreed to help, Glen instructed Lisa to send the money to an agent in Nigeria, where all military money is sent, he explained.“I didn’t know (any) better,” Lisa said.“I believed him.”One month later, Glen needed Lisa’s help again – this time, $100 for pain medication.His lovey-dovey words have now been washed away by the harsh reality that Lisa will likely never get her $8,000 back.“When I think about that stuff, I’m like, ‘You're such an idiot.’ I just tell myself, ‘God, you're such an idiot,’” Lisa said."I wanted to run my car into the back of an 18-wheeler ...Despite his repeated requests for money, Lisa says she continued to correspond with Glen and even opened a bank account for him for when he returned home because he promised he would be with her in North Carolina.She deposited $25 but closed the account after the bank detected fraudulent activity, she said.The most money she sent at one time, she says, was $1,500 for Glen's plane ticket home when he texted and said he was finally coming to be with her.Lisa says their relationship came crumbling down in August when she went to the Fayetteville Regional Airport to pick him up and instead got a message saying he was being sent back to Georgia to get his passport stamped.“I said, ‘You’re not doing this to me anymore,’” Lisa recalled.
But the sweet, smooth-talking Army lieutenant she thought she was falling in love with had a secret – one that would cost Lisa about $8,000. Somehow, it’s go to stop.”Since 2011, the North Carolina Attorney General’s office has heard from 70 victims who've lost a total of $3.6 million.Two months later, in February, he asked for more money – $100 to help him come home.Lisa says she received flight schedules and emails, making her believe his story.FBI officials say scams like these – often called romance or Casanova scams – make up more than 10 percent of all financial losses in the U. Experts say all it takes to be a victim is an email address and a willingness to be in a relationship.