New Type of “Nigerian Prince” – a fake Facebook Celebrity account

 

Since the day I learned about XQsuperschool project (https://xqsuperschool.org/) I have been trying to reach out Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs.

I did it three times.

First time I wrote an essay about innovations in education, and I sent an email via the XQsuperschool website.

Then I tried to reach her via Emerson Collective (http://www.emersoncollective.com/).

And the third time, and the scope of this story, is when I tried to reach Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs via Facebook.

The reason for me trying to reach Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs is described in my original post: (“XQsupesrschoola blessing or a waste of money?”; http://www.gomars.xyz/xq.htm). Shortly, I tried to point at the fact, that with the current approach her initiative might affect several

American high schools, but will not make an impact on ALL American high schools (as she claimed).

I still stand for every word in that post.

I am sure neither Ms. Jobs nor her close associates had read the post, but since then I wrote many more, including “When reforms are due, too much of experience may be as bad as too little of it.” (https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/11/bgates.html) praising Bill Gates’ change in his view on public education.

I thought that Ms. Jobs could find this post useful, and I thought that maybe social media could help me to attract attention to the issue, which I call “philanthropic disaster in education”.

So, I when to Facebook (where else?) and search for her name.

I found an account (her picture insured that the account was her).

And I sent a direct Facebook message.

And to my big surprise, she responded.

If you scroll down, you find all my communication with the Facebook Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs.

Or I should say,

with the fake Facebook Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs.

This account is an elaborated scheme to embezzle people for thousands of dollars.

The people behind the scheme are smart. They know human psychology.

They created a fake website (or maybe they use a real one as a prop: http://www.powellfoundation.org/).

They make you wait; once in a while they pock you with a question – like a fisherman yanking the fishing line.

And then when they think you are ready, they tell you – if you want to join Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs organization, you have to become a member for, say, mere $5000,00.

At first, when I got the first response from the fake Ms. Jobs, I got excited.

Then “she” cut me off, but then “she” came back and told me that she is a very busy person. That was a nice mind-game.

But when I got a recommendation to contact her associates with AOL email address, that got me suspicious.

I searched for “Laurene Powell Jobs Foundation” and I found “Powell Family Foundation”. But, this foundation was in Texas, and her name was NOT on the list.

At that point I told my wife, that most probably we are being made. But in that case, at least I would have a nice story to tell.

Until they will ask me of my SSN or for money, I can play.

I have a lock on my credit report, I am monitoring all my cards and accounts, so I feel safe (I hope I am). I sent my driver license, but I also monitor its activities, and I knew that I can quickly replace it (and I did).

And the day-of-truth has finally come; we got an email asking us for money (all my communication with a mysterious Mr. Robinson is also presented below, including my application).

As soon as I got that email I started to write this story.

But I wanted to see how far would they go, so I sent back my agreement to become a member.

And here it is!

 

Bank Name: Unibank Haiti

Address : Petion Ville HT 611O Haiti North America.

Account Name : Jean Franz Alcindor 

 

As a scientist, without a solid proof that the Facebook Ms. Jobs is a fake, I give a tiny chance (less than 1 %) to an option that it was really her, an actual Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. However, I have a really really hard time to believe that a person whose net worth is 21 billion dollars, and who spends millions of dollars on various social projects, would be collecting fees from people who she invited to become the members of her foundation. And if that was a case, Ms. Jobs’ approach to reforming education is definitely bound to fail.

As a curios person, I would love to know who created the fake Ms. Jobs Facebook account (at least from what country), how many people tried to contact Ms. Jobs via this account, and how many fake accounts with other celebrity names does Facebook have?

Clearly, not only Russians cyber forces have been using Facebook to fool people.

 

My conversation with fake Ms. Jobs.

 

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Nov 11th, 12:20am

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Laurene Powell Jobs

www.facebook.com

When reforms are due, too much of experience may be as bad as too little of it.

Recently, all type of news outlets informed about new $1.7 billion initiative of Mr. Bill Gates. http://www.brandegic.ml/2017/11/billionai...

teachologyforall.blogspot.com

 

Dear Ms. Powell Jobs,
The say, 15 minutes can save years and millions from being spent on dead-end routes.

https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/11/bgates.html (6 min read)

http://www.gomars.xyz/cash.html (8 min read)

Everyone who dreams of changing education should keep it mind - it is NOT about money per se, it is about how to use those money. For example, it is a well-known fact that many countries whose kids are at the top of the list in STEM spend much less per a pupil than U.S.
It is also a well-known fact that philanthropists have spent in the past hundreds of millions of dollars without making a visible shift in education (on a large scale; excluding local and disconnected success)
Sincerely,
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
GoMars.xyz/vvli.html

 

Nov 12th, 4:08pm

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Are you a member in my foundation? If not I will encourage you to become a member as you will be assisted financially in any project and goals you have in life as a registered member.

 

Dear Ms. Powell Jobs, I appreciate your response, I would be honored to become a member of the Emerson Collective Foundation. Please, advise how to proceed. The website does not offer such an option.

 

[this comment – and all in red – is NOT a part of the communication, it is added during writing of this story; I think when I mentioned Emerson Collective the fake Ms. Jobs got scared, because I demonstrated knowledge of some actual fact about actual Ms. Jobs, and blocked me out. But then the fake Ms. Jobs decided – what the heck, what danger could I present? – and came back from hiding.]

 

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[the resurrection of the fake Ms. Jobs]

 

Dec 6th, 11:49pm

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Sorry, I'm a very busy person, mail Howard Robinson Email {mailrobinsondesk1@aol.com} to process your membership indicating I referred you to contact him.

[this AOL thing got me suspicious; real Ms. Jobs would use an email of her organization]

 

Dec 7th, 11:27pm

Dear Ms. Powell Jobs, No apology necessary, I imagine how many people would like to have your attention, Thank you for your advice, I will follow it, Please, do not feel obliged to respond to this note, Thank you Valentin Voroshilov

 

Dec 17th, 8:17pm

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Have you been able to complete with your membership registration?

 

Dec 18th, 9:03am

I sent requested information about a week ago but have not heard back. Thank you for checking up on the progress.

 

Tue 11:48pm

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Have you gotten any response now?

Wed 10:02am

Sorry, but no,
maybe I missed something important,
this private link
www.GoMars.xyz/j6f45bDDter.html
has the copy of our communication,
thank you again

 

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My conversation with mysterious Mr. Robinson

 

Dear Mr. Robinson,

Some time ago miraculously I was able to get in touch with Ms. Powell Jobs, and she referred me to you to ask you to process my membership in the foundation.

 

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"Email {mailrobinsondesk1@aol.com} to process your membership indicating I referred you to contact him."

 

Could you, please, let me know at your convenience, what steps should I make?

Thank you in advance,

Valentin

 

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Attn: Valentin,

 

Be advised that your email is received. I am aware that you have been in contact with my Principal, Laurene Powell Jobs to become a Registered Member of Powell Family Foundation which is a mandatory requirement before you can receive financial assistance or to establish an enterprise.

 

Find attached below this email your Membership form to register with the foundation, to print fill and return to me through email and once received will be processed accordingly. Also send a scan copy of your Int'Passport or Driver's license to assure we are processing the legitimate membership.

 

I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the wonderful step you have taken to be a part of the world of financial support which is Powell Family Foundation.

 

Becoming a member of the Foundation gives such a confidence! It gives a feeling of partnership, that you aren’t alone! At the difficult moment you will never be abandoned but you will always be helped and supported! This is a unit of new society, brighter and better. I will understand your next line of action in your next email to me.

 

Regards,

Howard Robinson

 

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Dear Mr. Robinson,

thank you very much for your quick response, and for your helpful introduction on the next steps,

attached is my application and ID.
I attached two versions (written and typed).

I was not sure what membership level to check, so I checked two the most appropriate from my point of view.

I am not requesting any funds - at least at this point, because at first I would prefer to have a discussion with a more experience fellow member or members, maybe even from MA (or remotely).

I have been working on several projects, and they are in different state of clarity, and also different projects would require different scales, and one of the hopes is that the conversation would help we to select the first project to be initiated.

Plus, after leaving Russia 17 years ago, I have not had an experience in managing a project; at this point in my professional career I feel more like Steve Wozniak without having met yet Steve Jobs.
Jumping into a project without being ready may compromise the project, and that is why I would like to meet with some experienced members first.

Please, feel free to let me know your thoughts on the matter, and ask any questions,

Thank you again,

Valentin

 

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Dear Mr. Robertson,

could you let me know the status of my membership?

Do you have everything you need, or do you need something else?

Do you think in my case there are obstacle which do not allow to proceed with it?

Please, feel free to let me know or ask any questions.

I am planning on traveling and may be out of reach the first weeks of 2018.

It seems that Ms. Powell Jobs also would like to have an update on the progress.

Thank you

Valentin

 

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Attn: Valentin Voroshilov,

Your Membership details to register with the Powell Family Foundation has been received accordingly on the 11th December 2017, my apologize for getting back to you not until now to enable you complete your registration process, I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the wonderful step you have taken to be a part of the world of kindness which is Powell Family Foundation, I never fail to share my own personal experience, born deaf and dumb Laurene Powell Jobs still recognized the innate desire in me to serve humanity and despite my disability gave me the opportunity to work with her as personal assistant and coordinator of the Powell Family Foundation, that itself is an act of kindness that I can never forget and I thank you immensely for your decision to become a part of us.

This is a community of ordinary people who love Powell Family Foundation, selflessly helping each other, with a kind of mutual aid. This is the sprout of something new in modern soulless and ruthless world of greed. The goal here is creating a world filled with Kindness.

Powell Family Foundation is a voluntary informal association of  people throughout the Earth, with Laurene Powell Jobs and her activities as something close to our hearts! Here people help each other by joining. Today as you become a member you help and tomorrow you will be helped as another kind person joins. It’s the main principle of The Powell Family Foundation of Kindness.

Becoming a member of the Powell Family Foundation gives such a confidence! It gives a feeling of partnership, that you aren’t alone! At the difficult moment you will never be abandoned but you will always be helped and supported! this is a unit of new society, brighter and better.

Note that upon your completion of the membership process you will be qualified for an option to receiving financial incentive as Laurene Powell Jobs has pre-approved  non repayable grant for your project sponsorship . The approval of your grant was contained in a decision passed across to me by my principal Laurene Powell Jobs an Executive Board Member of this humble Foundation.

However the payment of the registration fee to process your request to join as member precedes your request process.

It is also called  membership fee as our assistance are meant for those who are fully part and parcel of this renowned organization. The Powell Family Foundation has presence in over 60 countries of the world where we are impacting directly to people either in dare need like war torn countries of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Haiti, Liberia, Iraq etc where we have gifted several million of dollars. Therefore when you become member of the foundation through the compulsory registration fee already stipulated you are contributing towards helping human race which is our cardinal objective.

For your information the fees and benefits of the different levels of membership of the Powell Family Foundation is detailed below

For your information and interest the financial benefits of the different levels of membership of Powell Family Foundation is detailed below and membership is open to all countries.

Project Sponsor Membership Fee: US $5000

As a project sponsor member, these are members who are already financially blessed and qualified to sponsor any Powell Family Foundation project in any of the less privileged countries, and a membership card.

Student Membership Fee (ENTRY LEVEL): US $850

As a student member you are qualified to receive project sponsorship to the limit of US$50,000 (Fifty Thousand US$) and a membership ID card.

Associate Membership Fee: US $1,500

As an associate member, you are qualified to receive project sponsorship to the limit of US$100,000 (One Hundred Thousand US$) and a membership card

General Membership Fee: US $2,000

As a general member you are qualified to receive project sponsorship to the limit of US$200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand US$), and a membership card.

Executive Membership Fee: US $3,000

As an executive member you are qualified to receive project sponsorship to the limit of US$300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand US$), qualified to attend annually Powell Family Foundation auditing with all expense paid, and a membership card.

Lifetime Membership Fee: US $5,000

As a lifetime member you are qualified to receive project sponsorship to the limit of US$500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand US$), qualified to attend board and yearly Powell Family Foundation financial auditing with all expense paid, and a membership card.

I will wait to know your next line of action with specifics to when you intend to forward the registration fee depending on your choice of membership.

Regards,

Howard Robinson

 

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Dear Mr. Robinson,

After considering all the options I decide to become a Lifetime Member,

It would fit the best the project I am developing right now,

Please, let me know how to proceed,

Due to the upcoming changes in the tax code, I would like to finalize the process this week it,

Thank you

Valentin

 

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Attn: Valentin  Voroshilov,

 

This is to acknowledge the reception of your email and the content is well noted, your choice as a Lifetime Member which you have to pay the membership fee of US$5000 to qualify to receive US$500,000 for your project.

 

You will receive financial assistance of US$500,000 upon payment of the membership fee of US$5000 to complete your membership registration process to the Foundation, kindly find the payment instructions below of the Foundation Financier to make the payment so your membership registration process can be completed and funds disbursed within 48 hours from the foundation to your provided bank account. 

 

Bank Name: Unibank Haiti

Address : Petion Ville HT 611O Haiti North America.

Account Name : Jean Franz Alcindor 

Account Number :276-1052-1264566

Routing Number :121100274

Swift Code :UBNKHTPP

Amount:US$5000

 

 

Once you make the payment send attached copy of payment slip, also provide your receiving bank information to enable immediate processing for disbursement of financial assistance to you.

 

Regards,

Howard Robinson

 

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And this was where I finished writing my story

 

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I wrote a letter and send an email to the Facebook and to the FBI.

Time has passed (close to one month), but so far no one from either FB or FBI contacted me.

It means they do not consider this fraud serious enough to start investigation.

I was afraid that my counter partners would disappear.

But today, January 22, 2018, I have received another email from Mr. Howard Robinson (it that is the real name).

 

Howard Robinson

10:52 AM (10 minutes ago)

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to me

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Attn: Valetin Voroshilov,

 


Compliment of the season, I was on annual vacation during the Christmas and New Year period and I just resume back to office today, Have you been able to complete with your membership registration? Your prompt response is required.

 

Regards,

Howard Robinson

 

That means that there is still a chance to finish this story!

 

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