I’ve written about Nigerian scammers for about 10 years now. Over the years, they have morphed with the changing of times and different technology. When the wars kicked off in Iraq and Afghanistan, the guys that used to spam your inbox with tales of family members in Africa who have died and left behind millions of dollars shifted to stealing photos from troops and setting up profiles on dating websites to scam women out of money.
Well, the scam is evolving again. I was recently sent a GoFundMe campaign that appears to be a Soldier in need of support.
“I am currently finishing up with my contract for the Army. It was a very long three years. I’m honestly not one to ever ask for money. But at this time I am stuck in a hole. I’ve been sending my mom money every paycheck so that she can get rid of all of the credit card debt her ex husband put on her. She is very close to getting it paid off. But that’s not the reason I am here today. I am attempting to fly home to Knoxville, TN to surprise my mom. It’s been a while since I have seen her, and I know she would absolutely love it. Thank you for your time, God Bless”
These scams always include an emotional plea of some tragic event. Naturally, he needs to get home…as they all do. Those who would actually feel compassion for such an individual would probably ask why he needs to fly instead of driving and save a lot of money. He’s got that covered.
“So this happened way back in May of this year. I was cruising along after an hour or so at the gym. Well idk if it’s just bad luck or what but, the person that hit me didn’t have insurance. And obviously me thinking that I won’t get in a wreck had liability. Some stitches and and a concussion, but thank the lord that’s all. So this is a huge reason why I can’t just drive home.”
The “man” goes by the name Evan Palmer and even has a Facebook page. If it’s not there, I’ve already reported it as fake. Unfortunately, whenever you see these pleas for money, you must be suspicious first and helpful second, especially when it appears to be a military member. These scammers prey upon the overwhelming support for the American military.