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Hi everyone! I've got a special story for you tonight. It's a story that involves more than just #StolenValor but also stolen identity and someone that can only be known as a con-man. Some of you may know him as @jakem77 ...
This account was recently nuked after a team member and I confronted Jake with some of the evidence we had. He agreed to slip away into the night. But that didn't last long, he couldn't help himself, and came back as his wife. An account he admitted to us that he ran
My team took notice of Jake when he showed up not long after 4 accounts were exposed as fakes. He was attempting to make nice with real veterans and the people that exposed his fake accounts. These are the accounts he was behind
Besides his sudden appearance, a team member with better eyes than yours truly, noticed something that was very familiar. The way he typed. Odd capitalizations, parentheses, use of paragraphs, separate words not properly spaced, and the consistent use of "I'am"
You'll see the same awkward use of the English language through all 4 of these accounts.
You'll also notice that these accounts were constantly talking to each other. Backing up each other's lies and trying to lend credibility to those lies
A few more, just so you really get the idea
So we started looking at Jake's account, and this time Jake was actually Jake. Hell, he even posted his driver's license. We redacted it
At this point, Jake had deleted his FB account, but his wife hadn't. We were able to see numerous posts that Jake had been tagged in, but the account no longer linked. But we can clearly see the same guy from the DL
The wife's FB led us to numerous people that we had seen before. Like Troy. See Troy is Jake's brother
Anything look familiar here?
Or here? See, Alex is Jake's stepbrother
More of Alex
The FB led us to even more, including pictures of Jake with the very people whose identities he was using on Twitter
Now what really led us back to Jake was a few pictures from inside his house
Here you can see that the horse's name in the previous pic belongs to Ann Eustace. Jake's stepmother and Alex's mother
Here we can see the same horse that Jake used on his fake twitter account posted on his families FB
And more pics showing the same house through these fake accounts
Now because this thread is so painfully technical, complicated, and uneditable, I need to bring you back to Jake's tweets and the horrendous use of the English language throughout all the accounts. You can go back and see the similarities
Few more
Now here is a couple screencaps from when we confronted Jake. We had tied the phone # from the fake accounts directly to him and confronted him about the house pics
Because it was a multi hour conversation, it was easier to copy the DM to a Word doc than to take hundreds of screenshots. Here you can see him admitting to lying about the phone. Then goes on to blame his cousin
Now Jake has taken up residence pretending to be his wife @CopperheadEyes . I confronted him again a few days ago, and he nuked the account. Well, he came back again. You can see from this single example that it's still him. Same parentheses, capitalization, and "I'am"
Some of you that may have let him in too close may not be happy about this thread, and we tried to make it go away quietly, but he wouldn't go. It should be a reminder to everyone to keep their opsec tight and to not just trust people because they say they're on your side
I apologize for the long, rambling thread, but this was literally months of research trying to squeeze a much bigger story into something that people will still read.
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As usual, I'd also like to thank my 2 team members that did literally ALL the research on this. Our famous anonymous researcher who might reveal their identity one day 😉 and @BriuisOBX
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