However, we can assume this lonely-hearts Facebook profile attributed to the Army’s top enlisted soldier is false.
Take a look at the “about me” pasted below.
“I enjoy quiet nights at home I can describe myself as a loving, caring, honest, kind,sincere, and above all a God fearing man, with good morals and values.and have got sense of humor,love kids alot and have lot of respect for women I do not cheat or play games either i am just me someone who has been through a lot of ups and downs in life and has come to the conclusion that One should live everyday as if its gonna be your last , A fun loving and gentle personality who believes Trust and Honesty are meant to be the Bedrock of every relationship, someone who understands the meaning of love and believes True Love can be found anywhere …i like to put God first in everything in do , i love to go out to the beach on weekends and give myself a good treat of Sunbath …an open minded person who has the fear of God …above all ….
The real Raymond F. Chandler III, who often appears stern-faced and cracking down on Army Times front pages, lives not in Kabul, but stateside with his wife Jeanne. Face-to-face, he is actually a rather pleasant and engaging senior leader.
This “Chandler” is just the latest one. Chandler’s spokesman at the Pentagon report that they receive 20 to 40 such reports every week.
UPDATE: On his real Facebook page, Chandler responded to this blog post:
“I’d like to thank Army Times for helping me get the word out about people who use my name and photos on Facebook. Some are predators who take advantage of “lonely hearts,” but others ask for money and personal information from their victims. I encourage everyone to use the same levels of caution and awareness that we teach in the Army. Internet scams and phishing are very real threats.”
C.J. Grisham, a blogger who has worked tirelessly to expose scammers masquerading as service members also responded in the comments, as did several victims of phony Chandlers who had their hearts and purse-strings manipulated.
One victim writes: ” I got ‘scammed’ took ne about 20 minutes and one marriage proposal to figure out he wasn’t even American…. i typed to every woman on his friends list… gave him a stern talkin to.. and still the dork asked me for money.. sheesh..”