Former Team McAfee member @ZeeshanNajeeb produced John McAfee’s passport and created phony Twitter account to gain victim’s trust
Author: Isabelle Yeo
Block Asia received never-before-seen evidence of the million dollar scam carried out by the owner of the Twitter handle, @ZeeshanNajeeb, in the name of John McAfee. In light of latest developments, Block Asia has organised and analysed the new uncovered information for a follow up story to shed light on the whole affair.
@ZeeshanNajeeb messaged Block Asia’s source on social media platform Twitter, and claimed that he has an offer from McAfee.
The messages from the account claims that he was contacting Block Asia’s source “on behalf of John McAfee”, with an offer to promote their project at a cost of 5 BTC.
The message also asks for advanced payment before any promotional work can be done.
According to the source, at that time a man named Zeeshan Najeeb was still listed on the Team McAfee site. @ZeeshanNajeeb was also able to produce documents that bore McAfee’s signature as well as photo ID, which seemed to prove his legitimacy. Block Asia has blacked out parts of the driving license and the passport to protect McAfee’s private information.
Block Asia was also informed that the perpetrator later assumed a separate Twitter handle and contacted the source as @CryptoMickey4U.
The messages show the perpetrator denying responsibility after receiving the payment, claiming to be hacked and daring the source to contact McAfee directly about the issue.
The messages stated, “John knoe(w)s that,” implying that McAfee would be able to confirm that he was indeed hacked.
The man known as Zeeshan Najeeb has since had his name and picture removed from the McAfee Crypto Team website, so it is unclear whether @ZeeshanNajeeb still has any involvement with McAfee.
TEAM MCAFEE: HISTORY OF LACKING DUE DILIGENCE
Before the latest scam involving Najeeb, McAfee has a strained relationship with credibility.
He recently revealed that he charges from $100,000 to $500,000 per promotional tweet.
It remains unclear whether the team does their due diligence before partnering with a project.
Block Asia understands that McAfee and his team have a history of endorsing projects that have been the subject of several scandals.
Below is a list of some questionable projects that Team McAfee has endorsed:
Pink Taxi, which McAfee officially announced that he was advising, was accused of and eventually admitted to plagiarising the ICO content of a Lithuanian taxi-based project called A2B Taxi Token. It caused an uproar on Twitter.
The Pink Taxi ICO was almost an exact copy of the A2B one, even using A2B’s explanatory video as their own. Evidence of the plagiarism was chronicled by the A2B team on their Twitter page.
Dear A2B Taxi community, someone took the advantage of our work and now they are being promoted by the top influencer. https://t.co/5Vx4iKfaF1 copied our website design and content. Even our whitepaper. Please help us raise awareness to this matter by sharing this post. https://t.co/ibQiQtUWGc
— A2B Taxi Token (@a2btaxitoken) May 17, 2018
Another project under scrutiny, Bezop, had a security breach when investor data was left on a publicly available database.
Sensitive data including scanned images of passports, drivers’ licenses and other forms of identification were leaked. McAfee was on the board of advisors for the project.
As a man who previously made his name as a security expert, the irony does not escape that a project he backed was lacklustre in managing data security.
More recently, another project backed by McAfee, CryptoSecure, was served with a cease and desist letter by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) as part of Operation CryptoSweep.
Operation CryptoSweep is part of the NASAA’s efforts to clamp down on fraudulent ICOs and products in the cryptocurrency space. In response, on 23 May, McAfee tweeted that Team McAfee had “ceased cooperation” with CryptoSecure.
Cryptosecure has been served with a cease and desist by NASAA. Team McAfee agreed to promote them after an independent audit on March 4th. By the end of March we ceased cooperation and demanded they remove my name from their site. Apologies for my part.https://t.co/dy3kLhYCuR
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 23, 2018
Block Asia has contacted John McAfee for clarification on the above matters.