The greatest downside of my social media presence

The greatest downside of my social media presence
22/04/2018 pilotpatrick
downside of my social media presence

Hello my Aviator,

last week I returned home from Dubai. I had an amazing time in this spectacular city. Through all my Aviators and the content, I am creating on my social media channels I was invited by the tourism office of Dubai to spend a luxurious vacation. I was even able to travel with friends to support me during my collaboration. Unfortunately, my social media presence does not only has positive side effects. In this blog post, I am revealing the greatest downside.

downside of my social media presence

A small selection of fake profiles

Imposer/scammer/faker

One of the greatest downsides of my social media presences is scammers. There are people, who steal my identity and create profiles with my photos to scam other users. When I first found out about it, I thought that they just want to chat and to get some love from the other end. I was greatly mistaken. My fake profiles are used to betray people and to make money out of it. Words can not describe their criminal activities on the internet. They are pathetic and I feel really sorry for all the victims. With my photos, they have managed to ruin others lives, made people commit felonies and losing thousands of Euros.

The most common fake profile names:

  • Henry Hernandez
  • Henry Prince
  • Pilot John Patrick
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Pilot Patrick Stuart
  • Patrick Nathan
  • Oscar Ronald

A clear statement: I only have one profile on Instagram and Facebook. Both are named @pilotpatrick and are verified accounts (blue mark behind the name) I am not using any dating platforms or dating apps. My private Facebook account is with my real name. I am answering to comments, but I am not replying to direct messages, because I just don’t have time for that.

downside of my social media presence

Chats I have been informed about

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Different strategies

Victims have been reporting me their stories and it is shocking to see how clever and deceitful they operate. In the end, it is always about money and they use different strategies to scam others. I will not mention any details, but they are so well trained to make up stories and write the correct words to appear trustworthy.

Not only women have been betrayed, also men, who were seeking for a job in the cockpit. Their desperation was used to make money. The worst case I know about it deals with a woman from New Zealand who transferred over 2000$ to pay for my landings fees. I am pretty sure there are many other cases I do not know about.

downside of my social media presence

Deceitful chats with vicitims

Who is behind this?

I am always saying “they”. I can only assume, but I think that the fake profiles are created by a network. They have been using the same profile names and the same scam over an over again.

The European Union did not allow the scanning of faces online, because of data protection. This tool would recognize when a profile uses photos of a person who already exists. This would be a great advance against the fight of fake profiles. I am not the only one whose photos are being stolen. Scammers not only destroy the reputation of online platforms, but also the reputation of oneself.

downside of my social media presence

Identity cards to prove their “realness”

On the media

I am not the only one whose photos are being stolen to betray others. But my case got so extreme that the media featured me in a documentary and an online newspaper article.

Instagram and Facebook are not supporting me at all. Sometimes profiles (which are obviously fake) do not get deleted or it takes days until the profile gets removed.

How you can help me

It has been a desperate fight against the scammers because you feel so powerless. Nevertheless, I won’t stop fighting. Everday I am reporting at least 10 fake profiles and I am sure there many I am not aware of. It is great to see that there a lot of Aviators, who are highly alerted, help me reporting them.

I have been to the police and I reported several incidents, but they were not able to help me so far.

When you encounter a fake profile on any social media platform, which is using my photos and pretends to be me, please report this person immediately. Please send me the URL of the profile to fake@pilotpatrick.com as well. (Not just the pictures, I need the URL!)

Do not be naive online and always question yourself!

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Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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Preksha khanal

Pilot Patrick this is not only there is lots of fake profile with your pic I’m the victim too I never knew bout you before you’re a pilot I was talking with him since 8 months I never knew he is a fake when I found another account with your pic then I got know he is a fake he asked me 2000$ to help him but I got know he is just a scammer so I immediately stopped to chatting with him he was asking my private pics too but I never sent him any kind of picture n… Read more »

Cherry Chew

Hi Patrick, so sorry to know that there are so many scammers using your photos to scam people out there. Actually the scamming had been happening for a very long time already. And most of them were using more or less the same method to get money from the victims. They had their own stories which would be involving money in the end. So all women should be more alert when their so called friend asking to send money to them. Before being your aviator, l had actually read about all type of scamming in the newspaper and YouTube. Most… Read more »

Dung Hương Trần

Trước khi biết đến a pilotparick tôi cũng từng là một nạn nhân của việc lừa đảo tình cảm trên fb. Trang này lấy hình ảnh của anh với những đoạn video với cái tên Richard Francis. Nhưng tôi đã ko bị lừa. Và tôi bắt đầu tìm hình ảnh của a trên google để biết rõ tên a pilotparick. Chỉ với một đều là nói cho a được biết rằng hình ảnh của a đã bị kẻ xấu đem ra vụ lợi. Hiện tại đã tới Châu á Á Việt Nam .

UMI NADHIRA

I am sorry to hear that. Actually I am not into socmed. I use IG for a year n I made FB only for watching your livetalk that day after 7 years vacuum. I dont make friend on fb. I never join dating app too. So I dont know n dont understand about scammers. I am so selective to accept someone DM. I only have 2 male friends on my DM. 1 German friend from you who always chat with me almost everyday. N 1 friend from Seville. I understand why you hide your real name. N I hope other… Read more »

tipjuta

Dont let them stop you.Go for it. What ever you are going to do.We support you.Go to the top of the mountain and let world know how are you.Keep your positive energy and creat more positive story to share and creat this world.God blessed you.We will help you to report the fake account to safe and protect other ppl from the scammers!

Clayton

Hi Patrick, this sucks. I have never even thought about this, but sounds scary in just a major headache. If I encounter a fake profile I will surely report it and contact you. But hope this won’t let you hold back from what you love doing! ✈️ ❤️

Shilpi arora

Thanks aloty dear friend it will really work

James

This is happening to me too …. I don’t have nearly as many followers as you but it is really interesting to read your experience. I am a vet and scammers take my profile, answer veterinary questions then ask for money, pretending to be me. I have consulted various social media experts on it and it seems an impossible crime to fight. I report profiles on Instagram and thankfully they get removed promptly but Facebook have refused to delete the fake accounts as it doesn’t ‘violate Facebook terms’ which I think is utterly ridiculous and quite insulting to all the… Read more »

Roura Ogata

I took a pilot who lives in Australia from the counterfeit using the real Patrick’s photo to LINE, but after finding Patrick with IG, it can be said that a fake man and Patrick are in different places I understand. He ceased to exist. I asked in real Patrick’s facebook DM. (At that time I did not read Patrick’s article, so I did not know that I should not use DM.) He said he did not tell me I do not know. That man is Cheatman. I go to the police. I was told that he finally understood what he… Read more »

Neria Cairns

G’day angel face, I hope you don’t mind me to say, before I bump in to you as an aviator , I was a victim of this fake person ( scammer ) Pilot Patrick Stuart MacPherson , a Pilot from British airways from London, I hope you never forget , I reported it to you after I blocked him , but in case it might happen again that I hope it won’t , but for instance or just in case if a scammer might appear to me again , how can I get thier link or URL if the website… Read more »

Bobby Damiano Corley

Hi Pilot Patrick!

Unless you were the one that texted me on Google Hangouts earlier today, you went by the name J. And your screen name was Williams Jameson Patrick. Please verify this!

Bobby Damiano Corley

Shilpi arora

Bobby mam
they are scammers they all are using Patrick’s pics u have to send the link that fake profileshttps://www.facebook.com/william.johnson83674621
U have seen this link

artanti wulan sari

Hi Patrick… I learned from today incident that your identity is used to scamm people, and I almost become one of the victim. Nothing serious happened. Your photos and identity as a pilot is used in Facebook by account name Michael Scott. I’ve found out that they fake because of their own mistake, they messed with the wrong woman. I’ve already blocked them. But I’m afraid they won’t stop doing scammer to anyone else. I appreciate your bravery and I support you in preventing the occurrence of many victims of fraud or scammer. May Allah always protect you and show… Read more »

Li Liang

Mr. Patrick, I am afraid you would have to add one more fake identity on that list, Haha…Not long ago, several of your photos showed up in my email under the name of Karl George Lake, a 37-year-old British man with Petroleum Geology by profession. The scammer is so smart and prepared as he downloaded your photos that you actually took in London. With detailed introduction and text, I even felt his sincerity and honesty (I won’t blame myself because I don’t know you and never saw your pictures). Fortunately, a little bit smarter than the scammer, I found out… Read more »

Rebecca Medrano

Dear Patrick I have been chatting with this person for 4 months now. I have fallen in love with him he has asked me for my hand in marriage and I have accepted. All his pictures he sends me are of you. I’ve asked him if he was Pilot Patrick and he said yes. My name is Rebecca Medrano I’m from Texas USA and you can reach me. Honey am sorry if its really is you? I just felt I needed to say something. Cus you are finding excuses not to come to me. He said he was coming in… Read more »

Rebecca Medrano

Hi Patrick my name is Rebecca back in February 10, 2018 I meet a man online by the name of Erwin John on OkCupid online date site. We have been texting for so long by the time you know I had falling in love with him. He could quote bible scriptures he was very encouraging always with a positive attitude. Then by May 19 I found out those pictures he sent me had been yours. So on the 20th I questioned him and he asked how I found him out but I did not give him an answer but he… Read more »

Phoebe

My friend just told me about her story. The guy named henry Hernandez scammed her for about $5000. This happened very recently.

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