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Meet MSG Mark Ehresman
Today, I had a chance to speak with Army Master Sergeant Mark Ehresman. For those readers who have kept up with my posts about the Nigerian (and other) scammers using images and names of troops to scam money out of men and women here and abroad that name probably sounds familiar.
The scammer uses the name Captain or Major Mark Collins Ehresman. I won’t give the correct middle initial, but that’s not even the correct full name of the actual individual in this photo. So, I want you to meet the REAL Mark.
The real Mark has been in the Army for 24 years as an Infantryman. His assignments include two tours in Alaska, Ft. Carson, CO, Ft. Drum, NY, Korea, Vicenza, Italy, California as a recruiter and is now stationed in Norther Arizona as an ROTC instructor whipping future Second Lieutenants into shape! He has two combat deployments: one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.
His awards include two Bronze Star Medals (one for Valor), two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, seven Good Conduct Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, among others.
Here’s the sad part, ladies. Mark has been happily married to the same woman for 21 years and has four children ranging from 7 to 20 years of age. He has never been to a dating website, so any profiles with his name and photo are not the REAL Mark. Mark told me the most plausible way the scammers could have gotten his photo could have been from is Classmates.com account.
I’ll be sending this link to MSG Ehresman, so if you want to leave him any comments, please do so and he’ll be sure to read them.
The real Mark is an honorable Soldier who has served his country with distinction and, based on his assignments and rank, has been very successful at what he does. Recruiting duty is not an easy assignment and only very select senior NCOs are selected to serve as an ROTC instructor to future officers. Now that you know the REAL Mark, don’t be fooled by immitators.