How to spot a Facebook Phony Soldier
It started with this post from Sporkmaster over at This Ain't Hell:
It seems like when ever there is a poser, another one tries to out do him. Before we had people steal photos from service members. Now it seems that this person has taken a real photo and pasted his face over it. See below.
The poser in question goes by the name Jhon Kerwin Williams who claims to be a Lt in the 101st (2006-present). Oh he is a pilot too along with another faker by the name Keith Underson.(2005-present) Who also is claiming the same unit, rank and job. Both do not show anything on AKO.
I could have sworn I have seen the unedited version of this photo. If anyone else has it or knows were to find it please let us know. This person needs to be exposed like yesterday.Got it Thank you to Mike M and Scott for finding the real photo. I am submitting this to POW.net now.
I'm confused right from the getgo on what the business model is....
Step 1: Create phony Facebook profile using real pictures and photoshop a face onto them.
Step 2: Create another phony profile using same method, and cross-talk to make it look like two Joes just talking Army stuff.
Step 3: Populate friends list with a bunch of attractive Filipino women.
Step 4. ?????????
Step 5: Collect the money.
In this case, "Jhon Kerwin Williams" made a few easily noticed errors:
He spelled "Lieutenant" wrong. Seriously? I'm pretty sure that spelling your rank correctly is one of the first things you learn. Or more probably, you learn that before you show up. His phony buddy Keith Underson also spelled it wrong.
Calling yourself a "U.S pilot" in the 101st Airborne is redundant and stupid. How many non-U.S. pilots are there in the 101st? Are we populating our pilot corps with the Dutch or Fijians now?
In my entire year in Afghanistan, I can count on my dorsal fin the number of times I saw a Pilot walking point on a patrol, so maybe this guy could have chosen a better MOS or pictures. For that matter, how many pilots do you know carrying a Squad Automatic Weapon? I'm pretty sure that isn't standard issue on a A10 Warthog.
If you are going to claim you are with the 101st, don't follow it up by saying you live in Denver. The 101st is at Campbell, which is in Kentucky, not Colorado.
If you are claiming to be a butterbar, you might not want to use a picture of a soldier with Sergeant stripes on. Particularly not one posted mere days before. In the history of the Army, I am unaware of a single grunt NCO who went from patrolling one day to flying close air support the next. While I am not a pilot, I am vaguely aware that it takes more training than say an XBox 360 can provide.
Grammar: Learn it, Live it, Love it. If you claim to be a graduate of Northwestern University, try not to post things like this:
Anyway, I have no clue what this clown was planning, but I hope facebook deletes the profile and does some prophylactic research to take down all his other identities as well. I reported it, but so far Facebook hasn't done anything. You can go over to This Ain't Hell and see the fun the boys are having at "Jhon"'s expense, or you can click the profiles and report this guy as well.
My buddy Claymore decided to help this guy round out his biography by creating pictures that he can use to show he fought in the War of the Ring and his work during the battle of Thermopylae:
As I was writing this, I got an email from "Sgt.Scott Wilson" at firstname.lastname@example.org (note lack of a "." between US and Army):
Can I Confide In You?.Respond Immediately.
I am Scott Wilson,of the U.S Army.I am in Afghanistan and have some items i will need to ship to you.I really need some one i could confide in.Please,can you be trusted?.
Unless someone was dumb enough to fall for these, I don't suppose it would be a cottage industry. So, just who are the people who fall for this?