See link below for further information on African (Nigerian) romance scams.
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.
A "Replacement officer fee" is one such fee title that has been used.
Usually payment will be requested by Western Union or Moneygram.
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.
Disclaimer regarding pictures posted on the board: please understand that you are NOT looking at the pictures of people who are actually scamming you.
The people portrayed on these photos are innocent men and women, NOT involved in scamming in any way and have nothing to do with scammers.
The length of calls and time spent on the phone may well be rationed but there will be access to be able to communicate with loved ones back home.
The "Saddams Millions" variation One more twist the scammer may take is to tell you that he has discovered a large sum of money and he will offer you a large portion of it to take delivery of it.
The scammer may suggest that with this phone service future phone calls would be free or a greatly reduced price and often fixed as part of a contract.