First of all, I would like to say that I am sorry that you are finding yourself in this situation. I know you don't realize it yet, but this is not going to end well. You are being scammed, without a doubt.
I don't know who your "outside source" was. Either he was suggested by your scammer (in which case, he is an accomplice of your scammer who is lying to convince you that you should send money as he gets a cut of the profit) or he is misinformed and is passing that misinformation to you.
A cell phnoe call going directly to that regions cost $40.00 per minute
according to ATT
Straight from AT&T website:
AT&T World Connect Rates
Monthly Recurring Charge
International Dial Standard Rates
Monthly Recurring Charge
In other words, calls to Afghanistan are less than $4 per minute, not $40 per minute!
their are no service fees, or plan fees, or air time charges, or extra minutes fees for overage. Its a one time pmt
The cost of a satellite phone includes the initial expense of the phone itself. It also includes the cost for a monthly subscription, the minutes used for each call and any activation fees. Satellite phones range in price from about $700 to $1,300, depending on the brand, its features and the retailer that's selling it. Basic subscriptions generally cost about $50 per month, but these subscriptions--unlike cell phone plans--do not include any minutes or airtime. The cost of airtime varies widely depending on the type of call; it may range from $1 to $10 per minute. Activation fees for most satellite phones run about $40 to $50.
As stated earlier in this thread, TS2 is real. However, scammers claim they need TS2 service, pose as the real TS2 company, and then take victims' money, claiming the victim has just helped to pay for a satellite phone. In reality, the money has helped an African to pay for a new ipod, bling, a flashy car, and internet time to scam even more people.
A few key facts that illustrate this is a scam:
-The address you were given is a free address that is in no way connected to the real TS2 website.
-The person who emailed you as Col Pamela Jones is not a colonel in the US military. Even without all of the other evidence of a scam, this is clear. "Her" English is absolutely atrocious, and it is clear from the writing that "she" is African. If "she" were American, she would never be promoted to Colonel as she would fail to meet the basic educational requirements.
-The fake Colonel Pamela Jones vouched for your "boyfriend" and claimed to know him personally. Since "Pamela" is a scammer who has nothing to do with the US military, this is once again confirmation that the person pretending to be your boyfriend is too.
The people you sent the money to are scammers, and your boyfriend is one of them. Now that he has gotten money from you, your scammer will play the dedicated boyfriend for a bit longer, and then another problem will come up, and your money will be needed to solve it. Either an emergency will come up, or he will need you to apply for his military leave, which will involve paying one or more fees. (Again all lies--outside people cannot apply for military leave, and there are no fees to pay for leave. )
We have offered to help provide you with further evidence that this is a scam privately. I really hope for your sake that you decide to take any one of us up on the offer.
In the meantime, I have contacted the real TS2 company and asked them to tell us whether that address belongs to them and whether this "Pam" is an employee. Sadly, I am confident that I already know what their response will be.