Pretty much everybody has come across an online scammer. You know those guys who pretend to be your long lost cousin in need of some rent money? Or those fake tech support people who make you pay them to “fix” and issue that was never real in the first place?
They seem to be all over the place now especially since seemingly everything is “plugged in.” Business is done through laptops, tablets, and cell phones. With a good enough subject line, a scammer can get anybody to open their emails by mistake.
The internet is also home to a being less destructive, yet more chaotic than scammers: Internet Trolls.
Pair up a scammer and a troll and you’ll end up with a hilarious match up. This was the case for Tom Sheerin, a nursing assistant at the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, England.
Sheerin received a suspicious message on Facebook Messenger from a man called Micheal Austin. This suspicious messenger claimed that the CEO of Facebook asked him to contact Sheerin in order to discuss some “important information” regarding his account.
That’s when things got funny. Sheerin begins to mess around with the scammer and absolutely troll him.
Sheerin describes his actions on a Facebook Post,
“Decided to have a little fun with someone trying to scam me on Facebook, kept him busy for about two hours.”
It seems that the scammer himself thinks Sheerin is fooled and continues with his typical format.
He tells Seering that he has been “randomly selected” to win $1.2 million AND a brand new Jeep!
He continues on to tell Sheerin all he has to do to collect his prize is follow the “rules and regulations” without question. The scammer even sends Sheerin a photo of cash to make his claim seem more legit.
After the pic of the money, the scammer sends over a screenshot of Facebook’s “official” letter from the CEO. This letter states that this scam is NOT a scam. The does not read like professional documentation. The letter is full of caps lock and multiple exclamation points. It honestly looks like a 13 year old wrote it.
It was at this point, that Sheering decides to Troll the scammer.
He tells Austin that he is interested in receiving his prize money, but he has…other concerns as well.
“I do charity work for the local prostitutes.”
“…that money would replace a lot of missing teeth.”
After that, he asks if FedEx will consider his issues throughout the delivery process.
It should have been obvious that Austin was being trolled.
But I guess he doesn’t possess his own brain cells. I guess he holds a lot of hope for the future of humanity. Who else would use their prize money to help prostitutes replace their missing teeth?
After all, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as the scammer gets his money.
Just when the scammer starts getting suspicious, he stops asking important questions.
I guess he decided it was more likely that he was speaking with the world’s dumbest online victim. You can tell by his messages that he thinks easy money is coming his way.
The Troll and Scammer start discussing the specifics of the delivery.
Sheerin insists that he knows his FedEx agent and is worried that he might be sick. Austin seems exasperated by all of these shenanigans and wants to move on in the conversation. It appears that he does not want too many questions asked and have his cover blown.
He even threatens to cancel the payment when Sheerin suggests using a third party to help the payment along.
Sheerin insists that he really needs the money and offers to cover the fee with his Tesco Clubcard.
The irritated scammer replies with a hard “NO.” The delivery fee must be paid in cash.
Sheerin plays along and asks of he can pay the all 500 pounds in 5 pound notes. He explains that it was recently his birthday and he had a lot of grandmothers give him 5 pound notes.
Amazingly, the scammer does not catch on.
Together, they decide that the fee should be wired through the nearest Western Union. Sheerin says he’s on the way and wants to know if he could bring his friend Biff.
The scammer did NOT like the sound of Biff and sent a strong warning message stating that the prize money would be canceled if he told anybody about the winnings. And then to take up even more of the scammer’s time, Sheering says he got lost and decided to stop for a beer.
Sheering asked once again if he could pay the fee with cash, only for Austin to send another warning about informing anyone.
So imagine Austin’s irritation when Sheerin says he has told the local newspaper!
It looks like the scammer is about to give up and leave him alone…
Sheerin uses some fancy finagling to get the scammer to cut him some slack.
He says he is now ready to wire the payment. He has the 500 ready…in Vietnamese Dong!
Sheerin asks if they can negotiate the price a bit. He is having some issues with his deli meat and doesn’t think he can pay the full 500.
Austin replies, asking how much money Sheerin had on him at the current moment.
Sheerin confesses that he had less than $30 to his name and the scammer suggested that Sheerin request a loan.
Sheerin decided it would be a great idea and asked Austin to be his cosigner. As expected, Austin rejected the idea and asked him and suggested he ask Biff for the money.
Sheerin says that he can’t ask Biff for anymore money because he is already indebted to him.
He asks Austin to make the phone call…and Austin agrees!
Sheerin doesn’t want the scammer to get bored and sends him some art made by his son to occupy his time.
I guess that’s what tipped off the scammer that he was in conversation with a master troll. He didn’t reply after that.
Thank you, Sheerin, for keeping an internet scammer off the net for a few hours. And BIG thank you for providing the world with some A+ entertainment.
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