I received an email through a social networking website from a man I’ve never met or talked to. The email was very harsh and he actually stated that if I was ever in his "presence" he would backhand me. Since we live in the same area, I’m a little concerned about running into him.
I’ve met a few Navy Seals, and I’ve never witnessed the type of behavior that this man exhibited. So, if he’s a Seal, I’m sending the email to them. If he’s not a Seal, he’s going to be reported for impersonating a Seal. (Which I think is reprehensible, these guys put their lives on the line for us).
He says his name is Kevin Phillips, age 31 and living on Coronado Island, San Diego.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
As stated before, I’ve never had any contact with this person and my profile on the site is blank except for picture, age and location. So, there’s no reason for his animosity. Considering I’m a 5’2" tall woman and I really don’t relish the idea of running into this person.
First, a SEAL isn’t going to advertise the fact. Wannabes do that.
Second, the threat of physical abuse is called "assault." That can get him a court martial… if he’s even in the Navy.
Third, I have a buddy who, incidentally, was SEAL. He wrote a song, "Dating on the Internet." Part of the lyrics, as best I can remember, are, "I’m six-foot-two, weigh 210, have long, black, wavy hair. Maybe I should tell you that I’m a millionaire. Dating on the Internet, you can be anyone you choose. Dating on the Internet, you don’t have much to lose."
Fourth, not all SEALs have a problem with wannabes. As long as they play their games with their friends and acquaintances and don’t use their fake persona to bash the military or to get benefits to which they’re not entitled, a lot don’t care. There used to be a site www.authentiseal.com or .org (don’t remember which) that would check out a poser. Since not enough were interested, it went away in 2005.
Fifth, there are a couple of questions that will nail a fake. Problem is that, unless you’re knowledgeable, you wouldn’t know the correct answers. One’s point blank, and the other’s a trap. If he stumbles on the first, or doesn’t catch the trap, he’s fake.
Sixth, the SEALs I know — and I know a few — are all cool guys. They’re intelligent, motivated, and seem to be able to accomplish just about anything they put their minds and efforts towards. They’re not moronic sadists. I’d tell the guy, "Right, Rambo… whatever you say," download copies of all your E-mails and chat conversations, and block him in the chatroom and also his e-mails. If you’re really concerned, report his butt to the police. And, if you still have the chat exchanges and the E-mail, you might call
COMNAVSPECWARCOM • Quarterdeck: (619) 437-2848
(That’s like SEAL Headquarters in Coronado)
and tell them that a person claiming to be one of their personnel has threatened you, and that, inasmuch as you live in the area, you’re concerned. Offer to send them the transcripts. If they don’t know him, then make the report to the local police.
Here are some ideas for the future. Never use your real name anywhere on the Internet. Never tell anybody where you live. Never use your actual picture anywhere. Never post anything that could lead anybody to you. If the authorities want to do so, they have their ways.
I used an alter-ego… a 12-year old girl living in a nearby state. I found a picture on the Internet and used that. She’d get on line and troll for dirty old men wanting to pick up young girls. Once I got them hooked, I’d give them my phone number… the number of the local police department. I’ll bet they wondered who these old goats were calling up and asking to speak with Suzie… or whatever her name was.