Grey has posted online dozens of examples of fake documents used by scammers, including a “Fiance Request Form” with a “registration fee” of 0.
She would punch in a few search terms, see what popped up and then try to get the bogus pages taken down.
“It was satisfying in that I knew there would be a result, so that scammer’s not victimizing anybody,” she said.
“It was like being a private eye.” But like a pernicious weed, every time an account is closed, more spring up in its place.
I sent Jeanne the photographs that Dede’s scammer had sent her.
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.