Anyone at any time can become a victim given the right time and bait. A scammer wants his victims to stay silent from shame so that he can continue to prey on other victims in the future.
You are a courageous person, BlackTexasRose, for coming forward and telling about your experience. By working to stop these scammers , you are saving countless other victims from the same fate.
Years ago a well known/well placed person in my area went public to tell people how he had been scammed in a romance scam. It really made people think. If someone like him could be scammed in an online scam then it could happen to anybody! He was a brave man to risk his reputation but he probably saved hundreds of people just by his one media interview.
Glad to meet you, TexasBlackRose! Look forward to more of your posts. Several family members have served in different branches of the military.