A fake Facebook profile used pictures of late U.S. Special Forces soldier Roberto Sanchez to seduce women on Facebook, until one woman recognized the photos on a military website and alerted Sanchez’ family and friends.
Setting up a fake profile to make friends or hit on other people is already lame, but impersonating a soldier killed in combat to do so? That’s a hard one to label. But that is just what “Dylan Sorvino” did, a fake New York soldier who went to law school and was then drafted to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sorvino used the photo of handsome soldier Roberto Sanchez, a Florida native who was just 24 years old when he died on October 1st, 2009, according to the New York Post. Sanchez was killed by a bomb as his unit drove under a bridge, and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to those killed in combat while serving the US military.
Carolyn Hynz, a Minnesotta divorcee, tells the Post that Sorvino would send emails detailing his activities and adventures in the line of duty. She admits she wanted to believe Sorvino was real. “I was a sucker for a cute face,” she said. “It was a very cute face. Too bad it was someone else’s face.”
Other women were also seduced by Sorvino. After Hynz identified Sanchez’s photo on a military wesbite and alerted his relatives that someone else was using them under a different name, friends of the late soldier flooded “Dylan Sorvino’s” profile confronting him about the fraud. Sorvino has since taken his profile down.
Let’s remember that with the beginning of the new year, impersonating anyone online for fraudulent purposes became a misdemeanor in California. Moreover, the Stolen Valor Act, sanctioned in 2005, makes it illegal for anyone to falsely claim military awards or pretend to be in the military service. Of course, “Sorvino” was using a real soldier’s picture.
It seems none of these women lost money because of the fraud, which would prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation from pursuing this case.. Too bad the women can’t at the very least find out the real guy’s identity and expose his deceit.
Should Facebook take the initiative to crack down on whoever created the fake profile?