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10 minutes after our article about scammers, A scammer is contacting us…

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Internetintelligence.eu recently exposed a scam attempt involving an individual claiming to support Ukraine during the ongoing war. Just minutes after the publication of an article warning about scammers exploiting the situation in Ukraine (https://internetintelligence.eu/beware-of-scammers-exploiting-ukraines-crisis-for-personal-gain/), our team received a message in our inbox from an account named Bohdan Fedir, with the handle @etukudo10690 on X (or Twitter).

Bohdan Fedir’s account had been created very recently in September and had only garnered four followers. The message read, “I’m grateful for all you guys are doing here on Twitter to show the world that Russian is a terrorist state.” This message raised suspicions, prompting Internetintelligence.eu to initiate a conversation.

The conversation with Bohdan Fedir escalated when he claimed, “We needed to get tents, food, and medicines, and it cost us $10,000, but we don’t have enough money to do that. Can you assist us with any amount you wish to?”

Recognizing the signs of a potential scam, Internetintelligence.eu decided to gather more information. They sent Bohdan Fedir a modified link to learn more about their counterpart. This link revealed the following details:

  • Date and Time: 9/24/23, 8:40:31 PM
  • IP Address: 138.68.169.25 (DigitalOcean, LLC, United Kingdom, Tamworth)
  • Device: iOS 16.6, Safari 16.6
  • Referral Link: https://t.co/
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 16_6 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/16.6 Mobile/15E148 Safari/604.1

The information indicated that the person was using a VPN on an Apple device. Despite Internetintelligence.eu’s request to turn off the VPN before proceeding with any financial assistance, the scammer claimed it wasn’t possible. We provided detailed instructions on how to disable the VPN on an Apple device :), but this did not lead to any action from the scammer.

Our team also requested a photo from Bohdan Fedir as a verification step. After some delay, the scammer claimed to have asked a “colleague” to take the photo. The website eventually received a photo, which turned out to be an image sourced from the ANP (Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau) photo agency. This raised suspicions further, as it was already nighttime in Ukraine, and the image seemed inconsistent with the time zone. The following picture was received by our team:

In an attempt to collect payment, the scammer provided a Chinese e-mailaccount for funds transfer: xing1979l@163.com.

This encounter serves as a cautionary reminder to remain vigilant online, especially when dealing with requests for financial assistance during crisis situations. Scammers often exploit emotions and events to manipulate well-meaning individuals. Internetintelligence.eu advises its readers to verify the authenticity of such requests thoroughly and exercise caution when sharing personal or financial information online. Valid organizations which are active in Ukraine will never ask you for money by a private message on X, Facebook or Instagram.

Report on Chat Interaction

Participants:

  • User: Bohdan Fedir (@etukudo10690)
  • Tiffany Cantadino (Responding on behalf of internetintelligence.eu)

Date and Time:

  • September 24, 2023

Overview: The chat conversation between Bohdan Fedir and Tiffany from internetintelligence.eu occurred on Twitter. Bohdan Fedir’s Twitter account had been created recently in September 2023 and had only five followers.

Chat Transcript:

  • Bohdan Fedir’s Profile: “жодна людина не є людиною, поки не стане солдатом Україною я буду назавжди” (No one is a person until they become a soldier of Ukraine, I will be forever).
  • 9:45 PM: Bohdan Fedir expresses gratitude for the efforts on Twitter to portray Russia as a terrorist state.
  • 10:02 PM: Tiffany responds with appreciation.
  • 10:04 PM: Bohdan Fedir shares that he is Ukrainian but grew up in Fort Hood, specifically San Diego, Grim Avenue, Texas.
  • 10:05 PM: Tiffany mentions that they are from Vienna, Austria.
  • 10:07 PM: Bohdan Fedir reveals that he volunteered for the war due to past experience.
  • 10:08 PM: Tiffany asks if Bohdan is currently going to the war.
  • 10:08 PM: Bohdan responds that he is already an army.
  • 10:09 PM: Tiffany expresses hope for Bohdan’s safety.
  • 10:11 PM: Bohdan informs Tiffany that their truck carrying supplies got hit by the Russians, causing a shortage of food, medicine, and water.
  • 10:11 PM: Tiffany expresses sympathy and asks about their current situation.
  • 10:12 PM: Bohdan mentions that they are trapped in Bakhmut, with their supply channels cut off.
  • 10:13 PM: Tiffany asks for their specific location in Bakhmut and offers assistance.
  • 10:16 PM: Bohdan expresses being depressed.
  • 10:16 PM: Tiffany offers help and asks what they can do.
  • 10:17 PM: Bohdan mentions their urgent need for tents, food, and medicine, costing $10,000, but they lack the funds. He asks for any amount of assistance.
  • 10:17 PM: Tiffany acknowledges the substantial sum and expresses awareness of their situation.
  • 10:18 PM: Bohdan emphasizes that even a smaller amount would make a significant difference and invoke blessings.
  • 10:19 PM: Tiffany confirms her presence.
  • 10:20 PM: Tiffany asks Bohdan how much money they need and mentions limited resources, citing support for two drones today.
  • 10:21 PM: Bohdan expresses gratitude and mentions the urgency of the situation.
  • 10:23 PM: Tiffany agrees to check the availability of funds.
  • 10:23 PM: Bohdan expresses gratitude again and inquires about Tiffany’s name.
  • 10:26 PM: Tiffany introduces herself as Tiffany.

Conclusion
The chat conversation between Bohdan Fedir and Tiffany from internetintelligence.eu reveals a request for financial assistance due to the dire situation in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Tiffany expressed willingness to help and promised to check available resources. The conversation ended with Tiffany introducing herself as “Tiffany.” It’s important to note that the authenticity of Bohdan Fedir’s claims and intentions are criminal, and caution should be exercised in such online interactions.

In the world of online scams, perpetrators often employ elaborate ruses to deceive their victims. However, this conversation with a scammer took an unexpected turn, highlighting the lengths to which these fraudsters will go to maintain their deceptive facades. This article recounts the intriguing story of a scammer who initially posed as a Ukrainian soldier but suddenly switched identities to become a Nigerian in need, all in a bid to extract money from unsuspecting individuals.

The Twist: A sudden shift to Nigeria
However, as the scammer’s deception continued, it became apparent that their scheme was unraveling. Perhaps feeling cornered or sensing suspicion from their intended victims, the scammer executed a remarkable about-face. Suddenly, they abandoned their Ukrainian persona and revealed themselves as hailing from Nigeria. Their new narrative centered on a desperate plea for money to purchase food, claiming that they had turned to this method as a last resort to secure sustenance.

The dubious second story
While the scammer’s transformation was undoubtedly unexpected, it did little to bolster their credibility. The sudden switch from a Ukrainian soldier to a Nigerian in need raised doubts about the authenticity of both personas. Those tracking the scam were left skeptical of the scammer’s intentions and the veracity of their stories.

Unmasking the deceiver
Our team delved deeper into the case, they uncovered more information about the individual behind the scam. Armed with this newfound knowledge, they issued a stern demand for the scammer to amend their online account. This included removing any Ukrainian flags and photos, as these were part of the elaborate ruse.

A potential turn of events
In a surprising twist, the scammer did not vanish into the depths of the internet but chose to engage further. They provided their telephone number and expressed a willingness to provide an explanation. Our team contacted the scammer and he will provide us with more information and why he did this.

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