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Latest Update - Advocating Against Romance Scams - Advocating For U
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Published on Fri Jul 19 07:13am
On July 7th, 2019 we presented another example of reporting as “pretending to be someone” to the Facebook team we “work” with. Since the first report back on 4/19/2019 on the same subject matter but different account reported, we have not received a detailed explanation from the team (particular their tech team) as to why they feel the fake accounts, that are undoubtedly guilty of impersonating Bryan, are still considered within their Community Standards, even AFTER contacting Bryan on his personal site. We want to understand the reasoning behind the reporting team’s decision. What makes this account NOT considered “pretending to be someone else”. The photo, the last name attached to the profile name, we are just not seeing how they came to this erroneous decision. The attached photos are of the account found and reported on July 7th, the reporting confirmation email I received, confirmation of the report to Bryan and the answer Bryan received back from Facebook. The letter to our Facebook team is also included.
Do you ever question why we post these updates? We are all being led to believe something quite different within the platform’s security standards, and it is your right to know what we are experiencing on a continual basis, what we have provided to the team, and the information we have or have not received. That is YOUR right as an account holder, and it is our responsibility to inform you as an advocate to this ongoing crusade for platform safety. We need to amend the 230 Communication Decency Act since this proves again....self regulation does not work!
About Us - Advocating Against Romance Scams
Kathy Waters
Colonel Bryan Denny (Ret.)
We are Kathy Waters and Colonel Bryan Denny. I am Kathy, a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served. And I am Colonel Bryan Denny, A Retired U.S. Army Colonel. My pictures have been widely used by scammers on the social & dating sites for years. The thought of our military men & women being abused and disrespected is appalling!
"My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the military pictures of Colonel Bryan Denny (Ret.), thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidemic this has become and what little is being done" .... Kathy
"Someone was telling me, 'Don't worry, as you get older, they'll stop using your pictures.' But the thing is, the pictures never age. They don't go away. This can go on for freaking ever if we don't do something about it" .... Colonel Bryan Denny
Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims.
Our Cause
Sgt. Stuart James
Lt. Jeffrey Miller
Medic Sally Clarke
Sgt. Jason Jordan
Maj. Gordon Hannett
Scammers, especially Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men & women.
Working with retired Colonel Bryan Denny from the United States Army whose pictures, name and children have been used in the scammers story, We have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why we bring this petition to you.
Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we all need to be the voice. Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility.
Our Battle
Because of the majority of romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system.
We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted.
Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy.
Our Proposal - Advocating For You
230 Decency Act
Washington, D.C.
U.S. Congress
Letters to Congress
Public Outcry
We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms.
This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware.
We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation.
Personal Note
Having over an estimated 3500 volunteer/advocate hours not including our in person and or teleconference meetings, along with travel, We have no plans to cease this fight, but every intention to follow through until identity theft victims and scam survivors feel vindicated. We feel it is an honor and a privilege to be a voice for so many
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Tue Apr 30 11:58am
FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM, what are you guys doing about these scammers instead of just reporting and blocking them!!!! Do you know that there are thousands of fake profiles and I was recently scammed by someone. I don't want to report this person because I want him caught and not reported because he will easily set up another profile and scam another good-hearted soul like myself. I made a report to Instagram that a profile was made under my name by that scummer because he can blackmail me if I report him. This was recent and I am suffering in silence and agony. He is diabolical but guess what, Instagram said that my profile is not fake!!! So, my fake profile is still up there for the scammer to blackmail me if I made a move to report his profile. All these warnings are great for pre-victims but some of us suckers like me got suckered in big time. These scammers are smart and slick and work in groups. It was not just a request for an I-Tunes cards.. Too late for me BUT not too late for your loved ones!!!! Does Mark Zuck realize that Facebook and Instagram have generated theft, corruption, scams, criminal activity, and terrorism??????? It is so easy to set up a profile with a fake name and made up email. MY SUGGESTION FOR A START IS that there should be more STRINGENT SECURITY when setting up profiles so that if someone wants to complain to Instagram or Facebook about criminal activity, the criminals or offenders can be located easily. There should be a LAW NOW by all social media platforms that when setting up profiles, you need to give your name, telephone number, email address, mailing address, and this should be VERIFIED by the platform. We need NEW LEGISLATION for this around the WORLD!!!! START WITH EXISTING AND NEW PROFILES. MAKE IT A LAW, MARK ZUCKERBERG. You can do it. If you developed Facebook, you can develop this security for the whole world and future generations. It is not only in the US that this is happening. These platforms like Facebook and Instagram have generated billions of dollars for the founders and the advertisers but have caused bankruptcy, job losses, divorces, mental illness, lost dreams and future, even SUICIDES for people who were scammed. Any POLITICIANS or CELEBRITIES up to taking this cause and being a champion for the 21st century and protect our young and old? This can't go on. PLEASE SHARE AND POST PUBLICLY!!!!
Sun Mar 03 07:44pm
I believe the first stage af solving any issue is awareness and I’m so pleased that you are helping raise this issue. My pictures are being used in this fraud but I don’t consider myself a victim. The vulnerable people who are being scammed using my pictures are the ones who deserve to be protected and I’m happy to help in any capacity I can. Thank you for launching and supporting this forum. Kevin
Tue Feb 26 11:56pm
Alan Pietruszewski
I am also one of the veteran's who's pics have been used for ten years now. I will never understand how anyone sends money to someone they've never met or considers themselves in an "online relationship," but rather than judge I will offer this FOOL PROOF method to avoid these dating scams: 1 Request a "proof of self" picture. The one I ask for yes men get scammed by women too is a selfie holding up three fingers. Why? Have you ever seen anyone post selfies or pics on social media holding up three fingers? Me either. So if they can send that I will go the next step with that conversation. 2 VIDEO CHAT. Every phone has a camera in it now. Fact. 3 Ask for a picture holding up today's newspaper doesn't matter which one showing today's date. 4 DON'T send money to anyone you've never met before. Like what?? 5 If you don't know you don't know. If you are not 100 sure this person is real, just bounce the story off a friend or family member. They won't be blinded by whatever "feelings" you think you have developed for the dudes in Lago, Nigeria posing as me or the Colonel. 6 Trust that little voice in the back of your head.
Tue Feb 19 06:50am
I hope this is successful, you and Bryan work so hard to get things done. Praying it goes in your favor and best of luck!
Tue Feb 19 06:50am
Our thoughts are with you. Good luck!
Tue Feb 19 06:48am
Jamie Lynn
Thank you for your hard works to help the victims of romance scam
Tue Feb 19 06:35am
I hope one day we can rid the world of these inhumane people that need to be dissolved from this planet,but as long as the sites keep allowing the scammers it will always be here.I am so sorry. God bless you, be safe
Tue Feb 19 07:19am
The dating sites should do a better job of weeding out these criminals ...