Fallen soldier's photo used in internet scam

Jun 27, 2012 12:57:49Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Fallen soldier's photo used in internet scam

Dr. Brian Fennerty of Oregon was stunned to find an image of his son, Sean, posted on a Craigslist ad. Sgt. Sean Fennerty died in 2007 while fighting in the Iraq war, but his photograph was being used as part of a scam to collect money from generous people surfing the website, according to ABC News.

"It's disheartening. This just seems to be really low, to take someone's reputation and memory and tarnish it to make money," Brian told the news source.

Sean's photo, apparently lifted from his obituary, was attached to an ad posted by someone claiming to be the twin sister of a non-existent man named Chris Fennery. The ad asked for financial support to pay for his medical bills. Brian was made aware of the photo by someone who knew his son, and he immediately contacted the site.

"It sure took a curiously long time [to take it down]," Brian told the news source. "I want [Sean] remembered for what he did, which was honorable and patriotic. Now his memory is somewhat attached to a financial scam and there's an element of anger."

Craigslist confirmed the post had been taken down, but there have been no arrests made and it is unknown if any money was collected in the scam, the media outlet reports.

Craigslist has a link on its site that provides tips to help people maintain their internet security, such as only buying or selling with others who live locally, and refraining from wiring money or giving out any financial information.