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.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.(Photo: Thinkstock)In 2001, I planned to move to a new town in Connecticut. Deposit the check, and then send 0 by Western Union to my shipping company.”Maybe your spider-sense is tingling. You’ll deposit it, wire this guy 0 of your real money—and a couple of days later, your bank will let you know that the money order was a fake. Three big clues that you’re being targeted: (a) The offer is for more than you’re asking; (b) you’re supposed to send your item to another country; and (c) you’re asked to use the other guy’s shipping company.I put my house up for sale, but it sat there, unsold in the recession, for over a year. But sure enough, you get a money order or certified check in the mail. You get an email from your bank (or Amazon, e Bay, Pay Pal, Yahoo, Apple) saying that there’s a problem with your account.Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.