Hello all. My post purpose is two-fold: to figure out how to bust the scammer and to hopefully have someone notify the victim(s) who's identity and valor is being compromised. I sincerely hope that I am not violating any forum rule by posting the photos.
The scammer is using the attached photos (I have a total of 22) on FB, LinkedIn, and eHarmony (at least). Is claiming to be a 1Lt serving in Afghanistan. It is my understanding that the photos are of a CW3 but that is the limit of my military knowledge. The scammer claims to be divorced and asks for money for child support and things to be shipped to a Vancouver address to be “hand delivered” to him by someone returning from leave. He gave the correct address for Camp Eggers to have care packages sent to.
Not only is the scammer making claims of losing comrades in one of the recent attacks reported in the news and conducting scams over Memorial Day weekend, but he is using at least 7 photos of what looks to be this soldier’s very young sons.
I have notified a variety of government and enforcement agencies but have not received any response. Managed to get the scammer to go on video chat and took a screen shot – as you can see he looks nothing like the other photos and has non-regulation hair and background. I’ve kept communication open with the guy in case it will aid tracking him down but will have to notify the websites soon as he is surely scamming others.
If anyone has plausible suggestions on who else to contact or actions to take, I would certainly appreciate it. If anyone thinks they recognize the soldier in the photos, it would be greatly appreciated if he was made aware of the situation. It would probably be better if the word came from one of you versus some woman he’s never heard of. His photos have been used in previous scams, as indicated on the following website (scroll down and look for “John Palmas”: http://militarygear.com/asp/2010/07/...wall-of-shame/ One of the head-shots being used is also recognized by http://scamdigger.com/
I thank you all for your military service and for any help you might be able to extend in this particular case.