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Meet the unlikely duo fighting Facebook’s rampant romance scams

Not all heroes wear capes.

When Bryan Denny, a retired 26-year U.S. Army veteran, started getting marriage proposals from strangers on Facebook, he knew something was up. Thousands of scammers were using stolen pictures of him in uniform to trick well-meaning Facebook users into sending money, iPhones, and gift cards overseas to a military hero with an honest face.

Kathy Waters’ family friend was among the victims. Denny and Waters now spend their free time busting fake accounts and pleading with lawmakers and Facebook for a solution.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk to the dynamic duo about their crusade to stem the epidemic of Facebook romance scams.

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If you (or someone you know) has been the victim of this kind of scam or identity theft, you can contact Kathy and Bryan via their website or Facebook page, and sign their Change.org petition to urge lawmakers to impose more accountability on social media platforms.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.