The Sum Of Their Scam Is Zero

, , , | | Legal | June 4, 2019

(I get an instant message from someone posing as one of my friends on social media. I know it’s not her because I haven’t spoken to her in five years, because her style of talking isn’t anything like her, and because of common sense. Even though I know it’s a scam, I decide to play along.)

Scammer: “How are you doing over there? Have you heard the good news about what is happening?”

Me: “I’m not sure.”

Scammer: “A friend of mine told me about a program called FPWA, so I applied for it, but fortunately, I got the sum of $90,000 from them.”

Me: “Really?! Seems kind of hard to believe.”

Scammer: “Yes, it is, but I was so surprised when they brought my winnings to me at my doorstep.”

Me: “So, what do I have to do?”

Scammer: “I think you should contact the agent in charge of the grant to see if you are eligible to qualify. I have the agent’s text number with me. Mind if I give you his number for you to contact him?”

Me: “You know, I don’t think so.”

Scammer: “Oh, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. What do you say?”

Me: “I’m just a little skeptical.”

Scammer: “Trust me; this is real and legit.”

(The scammer then sends me a picture of cash sitting on someone’s bed. There are a couple of 20’s, but mostly ones. At most, it’s a couple of hundred dollars.)

Scammer: “That’s the picture of when I got my winnings.”

Me: “Oh, wow, you sent me a picture of cash. I’m convinced.”

(I then search the web for a picture of cash. I find a picture of all hundreds sitting on a table. It’s a few thousand at least.)

Me: “See, I can do that, too.”

Scammer: “If that’s what you say, then. But this is real and legit.”

(I decide I have had enough.)

Me: “Look, I know this is a scam. You can stop now and spend your time trying to con someone else, or we can keep playing. Up to you.”

(After that, my “friend” didn’t have anything else to say. I’m not sure why.

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