Scam Uses U.S. General's Name for Fake Solicitation on Facebook, Skype

facebook scamNational Guard Maj. Gen. Michael D. Dubie's name and photos have turned up as part of an Internet scam that bilked a Toronto woman of $3,000, prompting a multi-agency investigation to track down the perpetrators.

The Facebook page of the real Major General Michael D. Dubie warns visitors that someone is using his name and photos in an Internet scam.

The Vermont general, a 32-year veteran of the National Guard and a retired commercial airline pilot, has commanded the 447th Air Expeditionary Group in Baghdad, Iraq, and has logged more than 2,000 hours at the controls of aircraft like the F-16, but he has never experienced computerized identity theft, until now.Starting on Feb. 11, Dubie's page carried his message: "It has come to my attention that there are people using my identity to solicit money on FB and Skype. I will never ask for money from anyone in cyberspace."

Lt. Col. Lloyd Goodrow, National Guard spokesman in Vermont, told Consumer Ally the general is devastated.

"This is very difficult for him," Goodrow said. "He would never want anybody to be a victim because of him."

According to the Guard, the general's identity was used to successfully bilk one Toronto woman -- whose name has been withheld -- of some $3,000, and the scammer(s) would have taken her for more if a London-based Western Union employee hadn't smelled something fishy about the multiple $1,500 wire transfers she was sending overseas. There were two other victims contacted, probably by the same individual(s): one in Germany and one in Taiwan.

Using Facebook and Skype -- a video and instant messaging-capable online phone service -- the scammer(s) pretended to be Dubie and asked the Toronto woman to help him send a box by international mail. The deal was that she would pony up approximately $5,000, supposedly necessary to ship the box without it being inspected. In return, she was promised a reward.

"They told her that General Dubie was going to be retiring in Montreal, in a big ceremony, and that Barack Obama was going to be there and she was going to be his guest," Goodrow said.

Now, according to Lt. Dyana Allen, the Vermont National Guard office is coordinating with the FBI, plus its own anti-terrorism officer and overseas security personnel, to track the person or persons responsible for the fraud. Allen said she pulled down three Facebook pages purporting to be Dubie's on Feb. 14, alone.

It's not the first time such a scam has happened, Allen said, based on reports from her overseas colleagues. The bottom line: Don't believe official-sounding solicitations online from people claiming to be members of the military.

"We wouldn't be contacting anybody to solicit money," said Goodrow. "Especially in an official capacity."

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Jill Sauer

This imposter hadalso added 5 of my friends to his friends list. I aterted all of them. And I also passed on his infi to the fbi site. I hope this loser will be stopped. My son corrently serves. Husband served, my father and father in law proudly served. This imposter id a real los. I appreciate any help.

January 19 2014 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was contacted by a general Grant miller , and started to ask for money . But I knew he was a scammer when he showed his military I D for my husband is retired military so I knew it was fake from the start .when I confronted him he was from Ghana and needed money to go to school , I hope no one else falls for this scam , he is a rotten person and needs to be caught .

November 11 2012 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so i want to give u.general michael d. dubie who some one to use your name.the name is patrick agoda from accra ghana and this is the phone i want u to catch this people A-S-A-P.because he broke my life and he take my money he usking me to send money in western union then they deliver the box

October 20 2012 at 6:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im theresa tiong ,.i just want to complaint this pillow that he say he is a general michael d dubie.he asking me to send the money in western union so can deliver the box to my sister in philippine .he said pay the delivery and airways shipment worth of $753 and then they deliver in 48hour.he gave me the name for receiver.patrick agoda from accra ghana and this is the contact pls help me to trace this people because he broke my theresa tiong im philippine i live in malaysia.T.Q

October 20 2012 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, this individual is also using Lt. Lloyd Austin's identity in every respect. The imposter is using Lt. Lloyd Austin as his yahoo username and is also using the pictures of the Lieutenant to send to individuals, and even has a picture of the lieutenant on his yahoo messenger account with which he communicated. He was also using Lt. Lloyd Austin as a username on christianet .com and removed that profile a week after we made contact in early October 2010. He was finally caught when he tried to communicate on 12/21/2010 and did not know the Lieutenant had come home on 10/20/2010 by stating he was still in Virgina, Kuwait.. He has other accomplices like Gloria Jordan from Lansdowne, PA.

January 02 2012 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is also occurring on Skype under the name General Lloyd III. Scammer posing as General LLoyd Austin.

November 10 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply