Looking at Paypal, which I should have paid more attention to before I sent the money as a gift, was that this person was in fact NOT verified. Per the Army info, birth date, and such I did some research. I found his family, and now have his mother's phone number (provided by his sister). They claim it isn't him, but I'm not sure what to think. I'm planning on contacting the Fort Bragg inspector general as well. It sounds as if this is a case of stolen identity. That someone has taken advantage of this person. I wish I had more support from the Admins on this page to verify who he is. If I had an IP address from his posts, I could trace it back... but fat chance in hell that I'll get that assistance. What I still find suspicious is that if this is not James Ragen, then it is someone who knows him well... between his birth date, family ties to Michigan (all over his family member's Facebook pages), and so on... I find it very hard to believe it is not him. Reaching out to his family via Facebook: "Hi, I'm doing some research to find a US Army soldier by the name of James Ragen, stationed at Fort Bragg in the 82nd Airborne. The reason I am concerned is that James or someone posing as James recently approached me on an online forum to sell me a camera. I paid this person, who's email was RagenJames9494@outlook.com and references The Racers Media on Paypal paid in the amount of $463.xx. James or posing as James never sent the camera to me and it appears I am out the money. I'm reaching out to find this person. Before I made the purchase, I checked Facebook to find James Ragen's profile. Everything seemed to match between here and the forum so I felt comfortable making the payment, including the location, age, and birth date. After a few days, this person's Facebook profile was deactivated. In my conversation with James, he mentioned that he lived in Tennessee, but was stationed in North Carolina. He also mentioned he had family in the area of Flint, Michigan. I did a Spokeo search of his name, and narrowed by state including Tennessee. I found one result for Baxter, Tennessee. I then searched Facebook for the name Ragen, filtered for Tennesee and found your mom and sister, and noticed Michigan ties as James mentioned. I've also reached out to your mom, my message to her is likely in her "other" folder as it is yours too. I've attached some images showing our conversation, James' information, the Paypal transaction, and the Spokeo search. I've also included a link to the negative feedback thread on the forum where this occurred. Please see the profile of James Ragen, which will show you his posts. In some he references a lens he is selling because his brother purchased him the wrong one. Buy and Sell - negative feedback from members | Page 2 | Photography Forum I'm hoping that your brother is James and that you might be able to help me. I'm not accusing your brother of doing this to me, because I know someone could be posing as him very diligently. If that ladder is the case, I hope that James is made aware. Just so you are aware, I've also began conversations with the Inspector General at Fort Bragg regarding this situation. I apologize if you have no idea who James Ragen is and this is just a coincidence. I'm truly just hoping for some help. Thank you in advance," I also attached all of these screenshots. Using Spokeo I was able to make the connection to his mother (come up with the same address). In fact, he has two sisters but no brothers (according to one of his sisters). His mom has his photo plastered all over her page. His Facebook has since been deactivated, which I find funny because when he started this conversation with me it was active.