Fake Facebook page using Nathan Cirillo's name, photos, used to 'catfish' women online

Fake Facebook page using Nathan Cirillo's name, photos, used to 'catfish' women online
From CBC - November 14, 2017

A Facebook page using the name and photos of aCanadian soldier killed in a terror attackhas been used to lure and trick women into romantic relationships.

Nathan Cirillowas shot and killed Oct. 22, 2014, while on sentry duty at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa, during an attack carried out byMichaelZehaf-Bibeau.

Four women who spoke to CBCNews say they corresponded withan account bearing the name and likeness of the slain corporal.

The women, who live in different parts of the United States, say they had no idea the account was fake, or that its profile photo was thatof a dead Canadian soldier.

The social media account was active for at least the past month butwas shut down Monday night, after unrelated complaints were made about the profile.

A member of an onlinegroup for veterans spotted the fake account Monday, and asked other members of the online community to formally complain to Facebook.

"Iwas completely disgusted, I was angry, I could not believe that someone would stoop so low," said Sylvain Chartrand, the organizer of the online group Canadian Veterans Advocacy.

Within two hours of the first formal complaint, the account was deleted.

A spokesperson for Facebook saidthis type of impersonation sometimes called "catfishing"violates itscommunity standards requirements.

From compliments to nude photos

"I kinda felt really, like, used," said Amanda Jo Poff, 31, of Wisconsin, who had been chatting with the account every day for the past three weeks.

Poff saysshe accepted a Facebook friend request from the fake Cirillo accountbecause the photos featured a man in uniform. Her stepfather, who passed away two years ago, had served in the marines, and when she saw the picture of Cirillo, she says she instantly felt a connection.

It did not take longfor the fake account to start sending complimentary messagesthatPoffsaid made her increasingly uncomfortable.

Poff says it started innocently with comments like "You have beautiful eyes" and "You are beautiful." She said she kept communicating with the account because "he made me feel good."

Asking personal questions


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