Soldier impersonators target women in web scams
Mon, 31 Oct This will be short as i am planning to leave my room and join my colleagues. On one day alone in mid-November, his IT team removed 23 fake profiles using his last name and photos. He isn't claiming any awards to me personally.
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Such scams, when they involve dating sites, pose a unique challenge in the fight against impostors and identity thieves, because on such sites a dating profile is often required to conduct a search for fake accounts. Military scams 3 posts - 1 author - Sep 13, pest booted off DnM: A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel. They tell their victims that they are lonely, supporting an orphanage with their own money, needing financial assistance because they can't access their own money in a combat zone, etc. I would like to put this on your site to prevent anyone from falling for this asshat's scheme. Joey Sigfrid reported the matter to military police, who advised him against further conversations with Douglas.
On facebook there are other women who reply to him, but my suspicion is he has just applied pictures of women and use them as a weapon of manipulation. Hope all is well. My name is Sgt D. Ess, I am an American soldier, serving in the military with the army 3rd infantry division in Iraq but currently redeployed to Afghanistan. With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you because I know you are God fearing.
I found your contact particulars in LinkedIn. I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of eight million United States dollars to you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care since you are within presence of God until I complete my service here. Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near one of Saddam old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by staff sgt Kenneth Buff and I that some part of this money be shared among both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first.
This was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole, of which my brother in-law was killed by a road side bomb last time. I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq to you, for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me, and I believe that my money will be well secured in your hand because you have fear of God.
I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier here in Afghanistan.
I do not know how long we will remain here, especially now that The President Barrack Obama has notify the world of his interest in solving the crises in Syria and I have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help, I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me as soon as possible with my e-mail address which is my only way of communication: He claims to be in Afghanistan.
Jackson Farrow fb jacksonfarrow yahoo. He wants to come and visit me but needs to find him a nice hotel that's worthy of his Valor. He also claims his parents died years ago and that he is a only child, from Dixon California and that he wants to marry me. He said I offended his honor.
When I did he went off Facebook and came back on with different military pictures and middle name. Now he is Capt. Dempsey Greening Lopez from Greenwood, Mississippi. Mother Maria Elizabeth Lopez.
He is currently on Google as Dempsey Greening Lopez. It was created and all of the photos were added on July I met this guy on Facebook. I have found 16 pages with the same picture. I'm sure he is hitting up the dating sites etc where ever he feels he can lure someone in. He claims to be a Lt. Friday, August 2, 8: I am interested in you Currently deployed to Afghanistan, Malek Military Center. His Email Address is sgtbayercole yahoo. The Money was send via Western Union.
He also wanted to me that his Service will end in Sept. He said he was Divorced and that since his been in active duty. I have met someone online at Match. He goes by the name of Mark Jay Morris. All was great until he asked me to pay for a box of his belongings to be shipped back to me to hold until his "mission" was over and he returned home in a few weeks.
He is the tallest one with dark hair. Mark Morris using Google shows it is a Chinese phone number. E-5 Patrick David Melka , May Approx age 39 - 41, Brooklyn, NY Http: Unfortunately, it looks like bbwcupid. This is associated with a known scammer from Nigeria apparently.
He is two pictures of a different man that looks to be in the military from his build, haircut and foreign location. But he not wearing a uniform of any sort. Central Command's area of operations will be issued commercial airline tickets to travel to their rest and recuperation leave destination, officials said. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla. Army CID is hopeful that the recent coverage can potentially help warn victims of the cyber-crime that ends in both undue heartache and financial hardship.
CID special agents continue to receive hundreds of reports from victims located around the world regarding various scams of persons impersonating U. Victims are usually unsuspecting women, 30 to 55 years old, who believe they are romantically involved with an American Soldier, yet are being exploited and ultimately robbed by perpetrators that strike from thousands of miles away. The criminals are pretending to be U.
The perpetrators will often take the true rank and name of a U. Soldier who is honorably serving his country somewhere in the world, marry that up with some photographs of a Soldier off the internet, and then build a false identity to begin prowling the internet for victims. The scams include asking the victim to send money, often thousands of dollars at a time, to a third party address. Once victims are hooked, the criminals continue their ruse. These scams are outright theft and are a grave misrepresentation of the U.
Army and the tremendous amount of support programs and mechanisms that exist for Soldiers today, especially those serving overseas, said Grey. One version usually involves the sale of a vehicle; where the servicemember claims to be living overseas and has to quickly sell their vehicle because they are being sent to another duty station. After sending bogus information regarding the vehicle, the seller requests the buyer do a wire transfer to a third party to complete the purchase.
When in reality, the entire exchange is a ruse for the crook to get the wire transfer and leave the buyer high and dry, with no vehicle. Army CID is warning people once again to be very suspicious if they begin a relationship on the internet with someone claiming to be an American Soldier and within a matter of weeks, the alleged Soldier is asking for money, as well as their hand in marriage.
Many of these cases have a distinct pattern to them, explained Grey. This is the same thing, except over the internet. All lies, according to CID officials. The Army reports that numerous very senior officers and enlisted Soldiers throughout the Army have had their identities stolen to be used in these scams. Photographs and actual names of U.
On the contrary, the victims have lost thousands. The ability of law enforcement to identify these perpetrators is very limited, so individuals must stay on the alert and be personally responsible to protect themselves. What to look for: Where to go for help: Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission.
Your report helps law enforcement officials across the United States in their investigations. For more information on CID visit www. Hi, just received an email from someone named David Stuempfle.
His email is below in bold. These people are sending women emails at the Japan Guide Friends dating site. They all claim to be US Military, Army, active duty. Before this I received a similar email from someone named Martin Kurrein. He asked me to take 5 gold bars for him from where he is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, lol.
Asked me for an address, counting on my greediness, I suppose. I have plenty of money and don't need any more, lol. Would I take it for him? Again, I'm not in need, so I'm not motivated to give out my personal information to a total stranger.
The email below was received by me today It is probably one of the men up top I just talked about re-identifying themselves with a new name and profile Probably not even a HE, lol. It has a definite foreign flair as far as the style of the writing goes.
There was no photo on the profile of this person, and no identifiable information They don't even bother to put a photo anymore. The first two above, they sent me photos, Martin Kurrein sent me pictures of a man I later learned was an Army Colonel, by the name of Joseph Martin. Photos lifted from the internet, I am sure.
It was fairly simple for me to figure out who the man in the photo was once they sent me a badly done fake military ID that is no longer even the style being used I have four men in my immediate family who are or have been active duty recently Army, Air Force and Navy. I was also sent an initiation of contact by a man who called himself Daniel Allyn, the photo, oddly enough was of a highly decorated man of about Looked him up online, easily found his name and photos. I never contacted this man, as I now don't trust anyone in the military, they are all scammers, or so it would seem.
Good day my dear. I hope you enjoyed your day? I am pleased to meet you. My name is David Stuempfle. I am an officer of the U. I am a nice man, honest and caring man with a good sense of humor. I love meeting new people and their lifestyle. I like the new parts of the world, the tranquility of the sea, beautiful mountains and life has to offer. I love movies, reading books, listening to music, see the tears of God in the rain, dance, cooking.. I'm looking for a real and significant intimate relationship where there is love, passion and romance.
I will be happy if you can write to me We hope to hear from you soon. There is also another photo, I can kinda see a name but it does not look like the name Pedersen looks like something "ford" at the end of the name image taken at some airport. There is an individual posing as ME on the internet soliciting women for money. I'm a 26 year old Staff Sergeant, there is no way I could have a kid that old.
He was using an old picture of me when I was a corporal. I was made aware of his Facebook by a friend of mine and we managed to get it shut down. I would like to put this on your site to prevent anyone from falling for this asshat's scheme. I have given this country service for my entire adult life and do not want my record or name ruined by this xxxxtard.
I've tried to make contact with multiple friends of this person but only one has responded. He has multiple pictures of me from my several deployments and send them to women to try and make them believe he is a serviceman. I am more than willing to give you guys more information as it becomes available.
His email address tony. He has gotten several women to fall for his scheme already. I found a soldier online.. We have been talking for quite sometime and he says he loves me..
Well I just found out that he was courting two women. Myself and another women.. I mean he was playing us both.
He was even writing us the same letters.. Like a cut an paste thing.. My name is Bradson Miller Scott. I will love to know more about you,i will send you my picture if you are interested knowing me. Have lovely day , waiting to hear from you My name Brad Miller and am 46ears old of age A reverse photo search using http: Here is a link to a website with the same picture: Christopher Allan Prosser, October 10, He has asked me for cash, requesting redeployment, satellite communication devices, to open a bank account for him in my name, and threatened to run an investigation on me.
He also claims he cannot get an emergency furlough to see his mother, allegedly Clare Prosser, who is dying of brain cancer. These are the following email addresses that he's mentioned, asikolaye yahoo. It took him 2 weeks of chatting. She started chatting with him and none of his answers seemed valid As time passed and the relationships progressed, these "soldiers" would ask for money purportedly to buy a satellite phone so the "couple" could talk or to pay for a visit to the unsuspecting paramour.
The scammers sent photos and forged military documents to bolster their cases, according to authorities I banned him on skype and reported it to skype. I have been contacted by a gentlemen claiming to be stationed in Afghanistan.
He claims to be Ranked a E5 combat engineer. I thought nothing of it until he asked me to send an email to a transit department ending in. I found it odd so I started to Google the address. He is claiming his name is Richard Relzer from New Hampshire. He uses the email address Rpelzer21 yahoo.
His email is niravana2 yahoo. Claims he is a U. Claims 11 years service. Talk about a clip and paste job!! I love sunsets and candellight dinners with soft music,walks in the woods,hiking and romantic picnics.
I am very affectionate and love to cuddle by the fireplace on cold and rainy days. I love to have a glass of wine in a hot bath and gaze into each others eyes. I am a very good cook. I am also a very good dancer and can dance to most music, including ballroom dancing. A young lady was trying to be scammed by someone using Paul's name and his pictures.
Is there anyway you can get word out that Paul's name is being used in a scam? They young lady asked if he was really dead because she recently received messages from someone claiming to be Paul. If you can help out I am sure she will be very grateful. For further reading, please visit THIS page Regards No record of a Hall Henson or of that email address; u.
Sunday, March 11, 6: Hall Henson an officer of the U. S Army, and I have some items I will need to ship to you. Can you be trusted to handle some serious and confidential transactions?
I hope you like my pictures. Do not email, do not contact him. He did not write you. He will not marry you. You did not correspond with him. My friend is talking to a guy named John James that I believe is the same man. I would like to speak with you to compare notes on this matter.
If you have a picture of the man please send me one and I will send you one to see if it is the same man. If it is I think I may be the same set of people trying to scam her.
Your description of him in the blue shirt and slacks is dead on and the other in the khakis' please send that picture and I will send you the one of the blue shirt.
I hope together we may be able to help put these creeps away. I didn't feel their communication was in line with the background of the soldier.
I therefore checked with google images and found out that there s a big romance fraud going on with the pictures of this men. Since last two weeks there is also a Facebook account available under the same name. Wed, 18 Jul Are you still getting inquiries from women? He must be furious! This will be short as i am planning to leave my room and join my colleagues. Nice talking with you briefly on the dating service site I will send you proper email later telling you more about my self also as i am new on here..
To tell you brief about me, i am father to one girl and widower and ever since that i lost my wife, i haven't started another relationship I my self i can not speak Good German but to be honest with you, you speak good English so there is nothing wrong with the way you write.. I joined the dating site to search for my dream woman to spend the rest of my life together with and to be honest with you, you sound very interesting and i am very interested in getting to know you better also meeting you face to face to enjoy dinner together with you.
I have just add you on Hotmail so that we can talk online in private getting to know each others better I am attaching few of my photos to you which was taken during last summer also some which was taking back in Afghanistan.. Please tell me more about you, for how long have you joined the dating site and what are you looking for on the dating site? I look forward hearing from you!! I have been love fraud scam by this so call Captain William Hellumth. Afghanistan that he is on second mission.
Please see the attachment of the letter he has e-mail me. It got to the point that this went on for months until I started to do some research.
I got to the point that I would give everything I owe for this Captain. This were the pictures that he e-mail and lots more, I want him to stop harassing and black mailing, and scaring me , I want to be left alone, I want him out of my life, he stole my identity.
Please help me Oh also this was the addres he gave so I could send him the money and items and ect AT Chris Wallace P. Mon, 31 Oct He had the name of "Terry Walker James " James is plainly seen on his uniforms.
I have done as much research as I can; and I do not really know how to do the research! A USAA Fraud Investigator broke the foundation of my life and completely devastated my heart as I had sincerely fell for this man and fell hard when she gave me this information in August, Everything the scammers said was plausible and well thought out.
They had excellent English grammer. They were not the "typical" scammers! They showed intelligence and this was extremely well planned! Please forgive me for running on so; I still have lots of emotions tied up in this and I really want this soldier and his family to become aware of this fraud! Andrew said he was of Swiss nationality. Theere were 3 of these according to the scammers.
I have seen "Andrew's" name on other web sites Look, I have already been royally scammed by someone using the same pictures you have. So, are you happy now? I have already filled for bankruptcy Wednesday, November 2, 9: Hello , I got your email from Singlesnet, Well i am looking forward to learn more about you, As you know i am not here for games, I have no time to waste or to waste others time.
Gee Joel, thank you for writing me back and telling me about yourself; but, now i am even more confused And, the President of the U. Is this what you meant? Maybe I misunderstood you? Looking forward to more pictures! Because of her mistake, the sociopath learned that she was vulnerable.
She fell in love. When he suddenly died, she was devastated. But none of it was real. He is obviously an imposter and I believe is soon going to ask me for money, He has since deleted his facebook page.
He is not very bright as the picture he sends indeed is of a Preston but Sgt Kenneth Preston. He originally cropped the picture he was using to take out the stripes. Am just looking for a right woman that will be my true love the woman i will love till the end of my life a very caring woman and trustworthy woman. This screen shot take from Facebook. They steal photos of soldiers to set up profiles, profess their love and devotion in sappy messages — and then ask their victims to cut a check S Marine Corps in Afghanistan.
December 8 at 3: He has asked for When you pull up the profile picture it looks like the person is enlisted and not and officer the name on the nametag and the screen name are not the same. The phone number I have is a Ghana number in Africa. The voice does not sound like one of someone from NY. The accent is to thick. I have a sister that is hearing impaired and I am pretty good at being able to understand people because I listen really close. This person for me is very hard to understand.
If you need more information I will give you what I have on him. I know how the military works, I spent 8 years in service plus I am also a military brat as well. While I was in the military my job was a 71M10 and think that number has changed. I was a Chaplain Assistant so I have worked with officers before and the other thing this person spelling is awful and he does not know the correct abbr. I do not think that those abbr. Sounds more like Nigerian Scam than Stolen Valor. Quite a bit of that going on using military identities.
Tell her to stop corresponding. General Michael Ted Flynn. It is with a very sad heart that I write you to advise there is someone on Skype impersonating General Michael Ted Flynn. The person states that they have been awarded medals of honour which they have not.
Worse, they are using his picture and trying to assume his identity. I have reported them to Skype and can only hope they will be removed. We're not allowed to speak or to be seen due to security reason going on here in Afghanistan [7: I can see you if you wish to [7: Do we know each other? You look pretty nice on your pic [7: You lives in Canada [7: I saw you online ok [7: I saw you online,I have never chat with a female online,You're the first i met [7: Just another friendly face?
You are so beautiful,please pardon me [7: Is that you on the pic [7: Of course - who would you expect it to be? And isn't a little late to be on the net from Afganistan? Honestly we're not allowed to chat on social netword due to security reason going on here, [7: No,its 05hrs15 here [7: Well this is not social networking Ah then I should have said earlier riser? Yes off course [7: Can i ask you [7: Just asking ok [7: It's ok,You have ever right to say what ever you wish [7: Thank you for your understanding I know you must be in a spot over there and might just like to talk to someone "normal" So which branch of the military are you associated with?
I sincerely admire military personnel for their fortitude, courage and honour [7: So what do you do for living [7: Now if I told you that I'd have to kill you You are joking honestly [7: Well I am divorce 2 sons living with their mom. I am a honest person,I came from a chrisitian family. That is quite the curriculum vitae Usually, these scammers develop fake contacts, using easily obtained pictures from real U.
The scammers use internet cafes and reroute money multiple times to untraceable sources, and therefore, their true identity cannot be discovered. This scam has become so popular; there are now online support groups to aid victims in dealing with the emotional and monetary losses incurred with their experience. Not only does this hurt the victim, but it damages the reputation of the United States Military member. Often times foreign victims fall for the scam, and really do think a U.
Soldier stole their money! Even so, a military member legitimately looking for Mr. Right on the internet, is now up for a lot of investigation into, "Are You Real?
The person could be from any part of the world. The person could use your personal information and images to impersonate and even blackmail you.
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She fell in love. So when you have someone asking you to fill out a form for them to go on leave, it is fake. Regards No record of a Hall Henson or of that email address; u.
The most common scheme involves criminals, often from other countries -- most notably from West African countries -- pretending to be U.
This scam has become so popular; there datign now online us soldiers dating scams groups to aid victims in dealing with the emotional and monetary losses incurred with their experience. In every us soldiers dating scams achievement there is a price to pay, A price of pain to make you happy, a price of tears to make you smile, a price of fear to make you strong, a price of patience to celebrity hookup stories you a virtue, a price of giving out to make you own more than the world, Obama used to tell me SOME TIMES WE NEED TO BREAKAWAY TO MAKE AWAY, because there are some situations that we were not supposed to be in but due to life we are in it, and its never too late to make a step of a new beginning, you are my new beginning and am so happy we are married, we only osldiers one more step to take and then we will be sent our marriage certificate, and we all meet at home. You are smart,thank you [8: He will not marry you. Your report helps law enforcement officials across the United States in their investigations. Regards No record of a Hall Henson or of that us soldiers dating scams address; u. I am not sure why they aren't doing more to combat it.
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