When I sent Dede a link to Chandler’s official Defense Department bio, she messaged back: “OMG! Others tell their victims they desperately want to meet in person but must pay to go on leave.
Grey has posted online dozens of examples of fake documents used by scammers, including a “Fiance Request Form” with a “registration fee” of $350.
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 $3,000 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 $70,000 and never met the person,” said Chris Grey of the U. Some, like Dede’s, ask for money to ship something.
The such online profiles as OKCupid and Match.comshow uniformed cops snapping selfies in mirrors, posing next to police vehicles and patrolling the streets.