Top Australian, New Zealand military IDs 'used in Facebook dating scam'
Published on Jun 29, 2014 2:18 PM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian and New Zealand authorities are investigating whether the identities of top military officers are being used in an international Facebook dating scam, officials said on Sunday.
Australian Federal Police confirmed the existence of a fake profile of incoming Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin, with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reporting that the page was used to befriend a woman in Germany and ask her for money.
Ms Anna Linden, from Aachen in western Germany, told the newspaper she received a message from a man posing as Mr Binskin. The man said he was soon to retire from serving in Afghanistan and was looking for a partner after being single for eight years.
"I really love you" and "I promise you my life", the messages reportedly stated.
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