I’m use to a regular email from Nigeria or somewhere in Africa telling me someone wants to share their millions worth of wealth with me, some of the scam emails are pretty funny and I actually read them for entertainment. This however has become old school, the scams I encountered are a lot more intelligent now.
I got an add request on LinkedIn the other day by someone who goes by the name bertrand scotts, I checked his profile and he looked like a UK photographer with a lot of connections, I accepted thinking maybe we could collaborate one day. The first thing that appeared fishy was the fact that he was using a photo of Scott Kelby as his photo, a famous American photographer.
Few days later I get a message from bertrand telling me about a family relative that has died in Paris with his entire family. What he didn’t know was as Muslims we’re normally close to all our relatives and meet up regularly so it was really easy for me to spot the scam. What sealed the deal was when he mentioned the guy’s wealth was in millions and he wanted to have a 50/50 cut with me.
I reported the guy to LinkedIn and to me it’s just another scam but what’s interesting is how scams and bots have progressed to target someone in a personal scale and make the scam look a lot more realistic by mentioning family relatives in the scenario.