This story came up in my Google News feeds this morning.
A conman made £50million and put thousands of lives at risk by selling fake bomb detectors to security forces based on £13 novelty ‘golf ball finders’.
The majority of James McCormick’s fake detectors were sold to Iraq where they were used at virtually every checkpoint in Baghdad and Basra from 2006 – and are still in use today.
The story is long but fascinating. Essentially McCormick tricked hundreds of military officials into believing that golf ball finders were bomb detectors.
The story makes no mention of the U.S. or British military being tricked. However, given their presence in Iraq, I can’t help but wonder if our soldiers where the ones to figure out the scam?
On one occasion terrorists drove a vehicle laden with rockets and missiles through 23 checkpoints in Baghdad where the device was used.
About half way down in the story is a video (RAW: Fake bomb detector). The device is supposed to run off electrostatic energy that’s generated by body movement. In the video you see some poor schmuck soldier goose-stepping while he tries to detect for bombs.
While he did use bribery to get some of the armies to buy his fake detector, I’m still stunned that nobody tested the device before they bought it.