New Canned Text + Stolen Profile Image = New Cannabis Oil Scam
There is a particularly low variety of scammer who feeds off the desperation of sick people and their loved ones. Just such a person, masquerading under the name of “Jessica Alice,” placed the following comment on Irregular Times this morning:
“All thanks goes to Dr. Koffi for providing me with cannabis oil here in the United State of America. I was diagnose with skin and prostrate cancer one year, and ever since then i have done a lot of Chemo and Radiation that have not help me, but only damaged my immune system and render me weak and helpless. I came across the cannabis oil and i have read about the oil a lot and saw the Post that Dr. Koffi could provide me with cannabis Oil here is the State for the procurement of this medication, to my surprise the medication was procured and delivered within 3 days and i have been on treatment for the past one months. Am now here to testify that am no longer a cancer patient. I have experience a total transformation in my life with Dr. Koffi cannabis oil service. It worked exactly as the he prescribed it. Thanks to Dr, Koffi for taking away sorrow in my life. For all cancer patients that lives in American region, Asia and Europe at large, go get your cannabis oil by contacting Dr. Koffi @” [email redacted]
Take any unique phrase from this paragraph and conduct a simple internet search — you’ll find that very same text used by someone named “Morgan Keri” to praise this “Dr. Koffi” to the skies and to share the “doctor’s” e-mail address for sales purposes. Accompanying that text is the profile image you see here. That same image has been used in online appeals selling:
- spellcasting (yes, spellcasting),
- a scam in which a fake woman is begging for money for a ransom for her “husband,” and
- the services of a quack marriage counselor.
I don’t believe in Hell or an all-powerful deity, but if I did, it wouldn’t be hard for me to imagine a special circle of Hell reserved for people who take the suffering of others, make money off that suffering, and leave the bereaved only fake cures like cannabis oil for their trouble.
Please, if you know any credulous people who are inclined to believe whatever they read off the Internet, tell them about this scam and guide them through the process of searching through the Internet to find proof of the scam for themselves. It will take slow, patient accumulation of experience by such to build up a defense against virulent and dastardly frauds like this. In the meantime, please help me spread the word online through blog posts like this, so that when someone does visit a search engine to look for information on the cannabis oil “cure” claims going around, they’ll encounter a fact check or two along the way.