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.
“This decision has its high price tag, but the alternative can be much costlier,” he continued.
They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.
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.
My bro and his mates were in a club that was full of leather clad bikers once, when one of them approached one of the lads they thought there was going to be trouble, until he asked one if he could buy him a drink. Sonny Barger is the guy who started up the first Hell's Angels chapter way back after the second world war as far as I remember, he'd been in the army and brought his experience from there into his club.
Oh wait, I got ye this information from Wikipedia about him."Sonny Barger (born October 8, 1938 in Modesto, California) is a founding member in 1957 of the Oakland, California, USA chapter of Hells Angels (perhaps the most famous motorcycle club in the world), and perhaps the club's best-known member.
The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.