Alright, here we go again. I seriously can not imagine a mind that would go to such great lengths to attempt to scam someone. They dangled faith in God and money in front of my nose. Ridiculous. But, for the sake of teaching others how to check these things out using Google search tools, I decided to write this blog.
For those who don’t want the whole story, here’s the skinny:
What: one of those “I’m sick/dying and I need help distributing my large sums of money to the poor” scams.
What to do: Ignore and dismiss their attempts to contact you
For those who want the dirty details and google search tips:
I was first contacted via soundcloud and asked for my email address (which is publicly available) so that she could send me an urgent message about a project.
Then, she contacted me on my Facebook fan page with a fake profile. We had a back and forth conversation. This is what she asked me to do if you care to read it.
Yeah. Ridiculous. Just reading it will tell you it’s a scam. And, she had no info, uploads or identifying pics on her Soundcloud page. But, her FB page had a picture of someone hospitalized which seemed consistent with her story. So, I checked out the pic using Google image search. How? Easy. I learned how to do it on the “What is one cool internet trick you’ve learned?” thread on Reddit.
1) Right click the profile picture of the scammer and save to your desktop
2) Go to Google.com images and click on the little camera in the search box.
3)Choose the picture from your desktop or drag and drop if you have that option (be sure not to change the name of the photo)
4) Bam! Yeah, fake profile pic.
I know people use other people’s images as their profile pics all the time but, the fact that this person contacted someone they don’t know to distribute millions of dollars, got defensive when I said “no” and had no traceable connections or identity other than a very recent entry on “Apostles International Seminars” website that repeated the same vague info, screams “scammy scam scammer!”!
Oh yeah, also did a search on the bond company. While several entries made it look as if it is a company that actually exists, the fact that it turned up in posts on meetup message boards in spammy ways gives you a hint that it is being used for non legit purposes.
Now, I’m not completely savvy on ways to scam people so, I’m sure there are other details I’m missing. Just hope I can give you an idea of some basics to look out for.