Updated on October 14, 2011
The Hunter Becomes the Hunted (A Nigerian Scam)
I’ve been covering these military dating scams for a number of years from the early days when the emails were simply “you won a kabillion dollars in an internet lottery”. The latest buzz that seems to be working for the Nigerian Scammers has been to use photos and images of troops to perpetrate their scams. With two long wars going on and respect for troops at a high, they have found a willingly ignorant society to scheme money from. That doesn’t make the victims idiots or stupid; they don’t understand the military and just want to help. Often time, they fall in love with the image of man in the photos. Unfortunately, in my experience almost every Soldier used in these scams is already married, which breaks their hearts.
I have a Google alert any time my name is mentioned on a website. This allows me to get ahead of any possible controversies involving this site or my name. Just was the case today when the following Google Alert:
I am looking for a Long term Relationship – United States
My name is cj grisham, i am 37 years I’m seeking a United States Woman for Long – Term i am cj grisharm,US ARMY,37 …
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Check me out on that link. Those that know me will find it quite humorous as the scammer has me completely backwards. “Browm eyes?”
Yes, those are photos of me. I’m not sure where they came from since my Facebook page is private and only friends can see the photos. They were taken from somewhere as evidenced by the crappy resolution. I love the “About Me” section of “C.J. Grisham’s” profile on Datanta.com:
I can’t stand most hip-hop. I do like some gangsta rap, but hip-hop sucks if you ask me! I was a little happy to see that after three votes, I’ve been given a 7.7/10 rating. Not bad for an old man! But ladies, if you see this profile, it is NOT me. I am happily married. I have contacted Datanta.com and let them know that the individual is a scammer. He’s obviously not a smart scammer since he used MY name of all the possibilities! Just goes to show you that no one is safe and that we are losing the infosec war!!