I Wish My Name Was Dreama

Metro Detroit Commercial Photography by Mary DuPrie

The real Leo giving his best James Bond impression.

Growing up with a name like Mary isn’t exactly inspiring.  Kinda boring everyday name.  I grew up during the days of Karen’s, Sues and Debbie’s.  So when I got this email today it all came back.  There was one exotic name in my grade school growing up… Dreama.  Angelic blond haired Dreama.  I use to dream that she had the perfect life.  She must, with a name like Dreama.  Ahhhh

So when I got this email today it all came back.

I wish my name was Dreama.


I just wanted to say that you have some wonderful photos.

Recently, a ‘gentleman’ used some of your pictures of Leo 9 to ‘lure’ me in the a scam.  Thankfully so many red lights were flashing I had a friend check him out.  I honestly haven’t tried to see if there is a ‘lock’ on your site to keep people from stealing your photos, but you may want to talk to your web designer about such a thing.

On the other hand, I did browse through your photos and the scammer did find the hottest guy you have photographed to ‘scam’ me with, so gotta say.

But, your pictures are wonderful.  I honestly hope that people don’t continue to use your wonderful work in such an awful way in the future.

Dreama xxxxxxxxxx

You may feel free to contact me if you would like.

This cracked me up.  Yes, I’ll have to look into putting a lock on my www.pbase.com/maryduprie website.  (insert sarcasm here)  I’m going to have to talk to my “web designer about such a thing”.  Apparently she’s never heard of screen capture too.  We all know nothing on the web is safe from theft.  Anything can be stolen… anything.

I’ve been through all this several times.  Professional middle aged women with  nice incomes being wooed by scammers.  They’ve taken up my time in the past and I refuse to give it any more.  If I respond she will find the need to blather on and on.   I’ve gotten phone calls and emails both.  Even when I break the news to some they are in total denial and start defending him.  They want “him” to be the guy.  I’ve heard some extremely complex and involved stories worthy of spy novels.   Involved kidnappings and ransoms paid… I kid you not.   I wish I would of saved them, they were beyond entertaining.    Some ladies are so gullible and have been milked out of thousands of dollars.

The scammer is lazy or doesn’t know how to use Photoshop.  He doesn’t take my watermark off and the ladies track me down.  I do think that if and when appropriate I would put a watermark on an internet images.   Funny and sad at the same time.

3 comments category: Photographing models

1 Tanya October 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I think Dreama is DREAMING….Steve3 is by far the hottest male model on Mary’s site!!! His photo has been used in numerous scams such as this. I know I fell for it…..heeheehee…

As always love your work Mary!

xxxxxx~Steve3 ‘s wife


2 Dee Dee October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi Mary, I think you were being a little harsh on Dreama. Not everyone knows a lot about web sites and she was trying to be helpful to you by telling you someone had stolen your photo. She had no way of knowing you’ve had this happen too many times before. You don’t necessarily need to respond, or you could just say, “thank you for letting me know.” On the other point, the scammer did pick a really hot guy. 🙂 It is very sad that people try to take advantage of others like that.


3 Mary DuPrie October 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

yes, i was being a bit harsh. There is a whole website section devoted to Leo9

If Dreama wants to play on the internet she’ll have to learn the rules and how it works..
user beware

It took me all of 5 minutes to locate him as a scammer. I just typed in his name and added scammer to the end of it. bingo


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