NBC 5 Reporter's Photo Used in "Catfish" Scheme

Man asking Vermont woman for money uses Ken Kalthoff's photograph on Facebook

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    NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff found out his image was being used on an online dating site and Facebook in a scheme to trick women out of money online. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    A daughter worried about her mother's online suitor discovered that the man's Facebook picture is a fraud.

    The man claiming to be Andy Love online was using my photo without permission.

    Love was communicating with a Vermont woman through an online dating service, by email, on Facebook and by telephone, exchanging messages about love. The woman and her daughter wish to remain anonymous.

    "The rate at which the guy was moving was a little bit alarming," the daughter said. "He was moving really quickly."

    The daughter said the man claimed to be from Texas but was temporarily overseas.

    He provided a Houston business address. A spokesman who answered the phone Friday said no one named Andy Love works there.

    Love provided a telephone number in Ghana, West Africa.

    "There were all these circumstances, all these unfortunate situations, where he needed to ask for money," the woman's daughter said.

    She was able to trace the latest photograph posted on the man's Facebook page -- put up Oct. 11 -- through Google, found it linked to me and contacted me.

    Since Love is apparently in Ghana, finding him would be difficult.

    But the daughter said her mother has learned not to respond to anyone asking for money online and claiming to be in love.

    "She's very romantic," she said. "She's very trusting. And it's sad that folks would want to take advantage of that."

    A security alert was sent to Facebook about the man's profile page.