Fake soldiers online dating
ago, to the “long con” or “affinity scam” in which a dater wriggles his way into your life and, after he or she has earned your trust, cleverly extorts money for a get-rich-quick scheme.
But as we learned while investigating that story, dubious practices by dating sites are far, far outshone by dubious practices by dating site members.
Major Gordon Hannett, stationed at JBLM, said online fraudsters are posing as the Major and soliciting money on his behalf.
Hannett said someone claiming to be him scammed more than 300 woman into thinking they were talking to the major, and would get the women to send money on his behalf.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.
“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place.