And here is an example of why you don't accept random friend requests on Facebook or you shouldn't........
It's a brand spankin' new profile, clearly. We have no friends in common. The photos are unidentifiable and generic. Can we say, phishing scam? I knew that you could.
So I reported the profile and blocked it. I also did a search using the photo. Sometimes you get a hit for stock photo. for Kenny Morris, Jr. I only got a few hits, none for that name. I did find a Google Plus profile that was pretty much empty under the name, "Lt. Morris Anderson, Jared" with a whopping 7 followers. There is also a Google Plus Profile with this photo under the name, Kelsie Rook!
He has a MySpace page under the name, "Kelvin Morris." Which has a huge photo of several US Marines in what looks like a classroom scene of some sort. He lists his location as Kabul, Afghanistan Kelvin says, "am a simple guy who is here to meet really nice people if they are on here. am a lover of country music and r&b." Kelvin is connected to 151 people but only 17 are connected to him. His elaborate bio, "am just me. i live to serve and protect."
Whoever these photos belonged to originally, probably has no clue they are out there being used to scam people. He may not know his photos were stolen from his social media, that an account got spoofed, his phine was stolen or his computer hacked.
Safan Morris Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org
It's rather fascinating reading. The thread gives other aliases and also an example of the kind of bullshit filled letters he has written on sites like match.com
And THIS LINK, specifically warning about Nigerian scammers posing as military.
- Be wary of friend requests from people you are in fact, actually friends with. Check it out first. It may be a spoof account.
- If you don't know the person or have friends in common that verify they actually do know the person, delete the request.
- Friending anyone that sends you a request makes it easier for scammers to look legit when the friend you and then send requests to all of your friends.
- Foreign accounts and military accounts which may be hard to verify are popular devices for scammers, as are the "hot chick" accounts.