It was just such a picture that a reader of mine I’m calling Dede responded to when she saw it on in August. Using the images — and, often, real biographical information — they create fictitious profiles and prey on women. Although these cases do not involve CID — military personnel are not the scammers or the victims — Grey has taken it upon himself to spread the word. “I don’t want people to think a fellow service person is scamming them out of money.” The scammers typically work in teams and have different ways to extract their filthy lucre.
As I outlined in two previous columns, Dede communicated via e-mail and text message for five months with a person who went by the name Mark Handle before he asked her for ,000 to ship a box of diamonds from London. By doing a reverse image search, I found the real person in the photo: Raymond Chandler III, who recently stepped down as sergeant major of the Army. “I’ve talked to people who’ve given up to ,000 and never met the person,” said Chris Grey of the U. Some, like Dede’s, ask for money to ship something.
Dede (not her real name), who lives in Montgomery County, Md., thought she'd found him once. A mother of three, she divorced after 24 years of marriage."It was not my decision," Dede said. Of course, there's one sure-fire way of maximizing exposure to multiple potential partners, and that's by harnessing the power of the Internet.
Still, she said, "it was something that needed to happen."Dede had been out of the dating scene for a while. Dede is not of the age that typically uses online dating.
of the Army Raymond Chandler serves up an omelet he just made to a wounded warrior at Fort Sam Houston in Texas in 2011. Army)WASHINGTON — All together now: All you need is love. It seems like such a simple recommendation, and yet it can be awfully hard to find this essential component of a happy and fulfilling life.At Adult he is 5-11 and weighs a worrisome 85 pounds. “The fact that people decided to use my image for their own personal gain, it felt like I was violated,” Chandler told me last week.He is on Google , Linked In and Facebook, where as recently as last week a Kentucky woman named Lois had posted a note: “Hi baby just calling to see what you was doing.” Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome, salt-and-pepper-haired military man. He’s a high-profile example of the military romance scheme, where West Africa-based scammers scour Pentagon Web sites, Facebook pages and other social media accounts to harvest photographs of troops.When it comes to dating, women have been shown to give the edge to profession and providership over appearance. You also might be able to make a case that some women are looking for a knight in shining white armor to rescue them.The kind of person who joins the military has already passed through a certain number of professional gates. One psychologist in a Times of India article on men in uniform, suggested that women are attracted to the “chivalry” exuded in the mannerisms of men in uniform.Photos of senior Army leaders have proved so popular that the Army’s public affairs office monitors misuse.