Claiming to be “one of the most skilled snipers of his era,” Brian Leonard Creekmur has everything you would expect of a retired Navy SEAL.  Memorabilia and old uniforms decorate his home, and he even possesses what seem to be the photos and military discharge papers to prove his claim. 

Creekmur even managed to fool CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, it seems, after he tweeted about the all death he witnessed in combat and she re-tweeted to her 140,000+ followers.  More significantly, The Daily Mail reports that Creekmur was regularly in contact with the network to offer his so-called expertise on various news stories.

But after a month-long investigation by News Channel 3, following a tip by a suspicious woman Creekmur was courting on the internet, the man has been outed as a giant fraud.

Man Claiming To Be a Navy SEAL Exposed as a Fraud After Fooling CNN, Women on the Internet

News Channel 3 explains:

Creekmur’s tall tales of Navy SEAL service unraveled when he was wooing a woman through the Internet. He was telling her he loved her and sending her real estate listings for houses they could share. But when she couldn’t verify any of his stories, she started searching the Internet for information on fake SEALs.

A guy can get away with that for a long time. But eventually he will trip up. He`ll say something to the wrong person, male or female, just doesn`t make sense, and hell hath no fury. He said it to the wrong woman…

Creekmur was so confident in his alter-ego that he even signed many of his emails: “Brian Creekmur, United States Navy SEAL Sniper, retired.”

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But why is he doing all of this? The woman who helped expose Creekmur speculates it is either to gain the trust of women, people with money, or both.

“This is why the story that you are doing is so important. While some of this is amusing at the lengths some clown will go, you are saving a lot of people a lot of trouble.”

“He’s gone above and beyond. He’s a very strange guy,” the woman remarked.

“This is why the story that you are doing is so important. While some of this is amusing at the lengths some clown will go, you are saving a lot of people a lot of trouble.”