(Last Updated On: September 6, 2020)

SCARS™ Impersonation Victim Story: Lieutenant General Mark Hertling Speaks Out On Scams

Mark Hertling is a Retired Soldier. Author, speaker, contributor to leadership development, CNN analyst

He served for four decades as a leader, commander, and trainer in the US Army. His last posting prior to retirement in 2013 was as the Commander of US Army forces in Europe. Served 3 years in Combat, and had tours of duty commanding at both the Army’s National Training Center in California and the Joint Multinational Training Center in Germany. Commanded the 1st Armored Division and Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq during the surge, and revamped the Army’s Basic Soldier and Officer Training as part of Training and Doctrine Command.

Since retirement from the Army in 2013, contributed to global partnering between healthcare organizations in the US, Europe, and South America, and developed and executed an award-winning and publicized physician/healthcare leadership program within Florida Hospital. Executed physician leader programs at several other hospitals in the Midwest, South and Northwest US. Have been a keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, national security, and health for myriad professional, industry, scholastic and organizational forums.

Possesses Masters Degrees in Kinesiology (Indiana U), Military Arts and Sciences (SAMS), and National Security Strategy (NDU). Currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration at the Crummer School, Rollins College.

He Wrote “Growing Physician Leaders,” published by Rosetta Books, available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble »

Served as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition from 2013-2017 during the Obama Administration. Serves on the boards of the non-profits “Mission: Readiness” and “Operation Gratitude.” Appointed an adjunct scholar at the Modern War Institute, West Point. On the governing board of the Citrus Club in Orlando. Serves as a military and national security analyst for CNN.

Reprinted from Mark Hertling’s own post on LinkedIn:

Facebook is a failed social network and a failing business model.

Here’s my reason for saying that. Since retiring from the Army in 2013, I have reported over 2000 false profiles that were using my photos (available from the internet) and scamming people, and FAcebook did little to correct. It’s something that happens to a lot of retired general officers. I not only reported each issue to Facebook, I also reported this to the cyber crimes division of the FBI. There isn’t much they can do because the problem is so big and they have more important crimes to solve. What started as a great social networking tool has become a pariah because of scams, unauthorized use of personal data for advertising, Cambridge Analytica misdeeds, and a lack of authentication and regulation. @facebook is a failed organization and a failing business model. This morning I received a text from a friend that an individual using the name “LTG Sterling Clark, stationed in Iraq,” using photos of me, was requesting money from his 82 yo mother. I suggested he report, but based on my experience there’s a 70% chance nothing will happen. This has happened before, but in the three other situations the older woman had already sent the money…$12,000. My wife and I left FB 6 months ago, for good.

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