Who are they harming? You want a simple answer? EVERYONE. Their lies and stories can go from innocent conversations in a bar to outright matters of National Security Interest and VA Fraud. Most of the clowns I have helped to bust claiming to be former Navy SEALS usually are in it for the prestige and to get womens attention. The majority of the losers I have "outed" have never, ever worn the uniform of the United States Navy or any other service for that matter. Again the list goes on and on as to the extent of their fraud. Some just "Say" they were Navy SEALS, others go to extravagent measures and actually BUY uniforms, medals and SEAL Tridents. They take pictures of themselves and post on MySpace pages to drawn in unsuspecting women with fantasy stories.
Why spend the time when there's no reward? There IS reward. A good friend of mine named Steve Robinson is United States Navy SEAL. He wrote a book called "No Guts- No Glory". Its about Navy SEAL Posers. If you havent read it, get a copy and read it - it will open your eyes like nothing you can imagine. Contact me for more information or click the link below to go to Steve's Website.
When someone brings me some information on a possible phony SEAL I go to work doing alot of background investigation. In many cases I dont confront these individuals myself but contact friends who are Navy SEALS to talk to them. Then again sometimes I do confront them and alert SEAL's who need to be notified. I look at it this way, its a SEAL Trident, I'm NOT a Navy SEAL. I just work to help keep the community clean along with them and beside them as a brother Sailor and Shipmate.
So, other than be braggarts, what harm are these clowns doing? There are scores of women who have been duped into believing these type of lies and have been defrauded of money, security and other things. A number of times I've seen these individuals wearing uniforms with Medals, Trident, Aircrew Wings and assorted other crazy stuff. Some people who've never been in the Military say its "no big deal" - but to a former Military man, "Its a Big Deal".