The internet is brimming with wonderful things: opportunities to reconnect with friends and relatives, pages and websites that keep us up to date on news and current affairs, heartwarming stories, and updates on our favorite celebrities. It’s also home to quite a few pests: fake accounts, trolls, and scammers. Usually, reporting such profiles is the answer. Thanks to today’s developers, sending an online report can be done with just a few clicks. But some find it amusing and satisfying to infuriate trolls hiding behind fake profiles. You may think it’s a complete waste of time, replying to a scammer and trying to up him at his game. What we don’t realize is how comical it can be to give them a dose of their own medicine.
Scammers will go to extreme lengths for easy money. They use false names, steal logos from companies like Facebook and PayPal, and even come up with instructions for their victims to follow in order to receive their “prizes.” Depending on how quickly online users catch on, scammers aren’t always successful. However, they aren’t stopping anytime soon. Instead of gaining another victim, one scammer was played by a good-natured Facebook user.
Tom Sheerin, a nursing assistant residing in Liverpool, England, decided to have some fun with a scammer who sent him an unsolicited message through Facebook Messenger. Instead of simply blocking the user or reporting him, Tom decided to turn the tables around and make the scammer believe he fell for it. A man named Michael Austin pretended to speak in behalf of the Facebook team to send Sheerin some crucial information regarding his account. You may have encountered folks like this scammer. They don’t even attempt to carry out their plans smoothly by sounding professional and using correct grammar as well as the right terms.
Michael Austin is one of those people. Not a single one of his messages could be considered remotely convincing, which prompted Tom to keep the conversation going and basically troll back. No formal, appealing introductions were made by the scammer either. In typical scammer fashion, Michael Austin proceeds to tell Tom that the latter was one of the lucky few selected to win a whopping $1.2 million.
Tom tries to sound as innocent and eager as possible, even requesting that the scammer show him the money before he sends more personal information. To add to Sheerin’s amusement, the scammer sent him a photo of an “official letter” from Facebook stating that he was in no way being scammed. More than winning a large sum of money, there were… prostitutes involved as well! Instead of the scammer catching on and becoming suspicious of Tom Sheerin’s replies, he starts acting like he’s dealing with a clueless online victim. The scammer, thinking easy money is on the way, continues to lead Tom on. Sheerin, on the other hand, was having his fair share of fun, trolling the scammer.
Acting younger than his age and proposing alternatives to make the scammer believe he was buying it, Sheerin continues to reply to the troll. The conversation went as far as Sheerin telling the scammer that he would willingly shoulder the fee via wire transfer at the nearest Western Union. The insistent scammer went as far as warning Sheerin not to inform anyone of the winnings and all else involved. Tom may not have won $1.2 million and a Jeep from Mark Zuckerberg but he did have fun trolling the scammer – a good win, when you think about it.
Who knew quick thinking and a great sense of humor was the best way to deal with scammers?
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Source: Funny And Viral Arts