There are a lot of examples of people messing with scammers texting them to try and get money, to the point where I wonder if scammers are noticing the trend and getting frustrated with everyone who is not a scammer. They’re sick of us wasting their time! This example from blogger Amber Says on Facebook shows a scammer losing his patience as he realizes the woman he’s trying to get $50 bucks from isn’t ever going to pay up.
The scam itself is for a fairly small amount of money, so Amber definitely made his productivity rate take a downturn with this text convo she screenshot and shared on her page. It was also weirdly personal, as the scammer was pretending to be her neighbor, “Jeff.” This Jeff claimed to be stuff with a flat tire and to have forgotten his wallet at home. Amber offers to go grab it for him, but unfortunately, he is too far away….sad.
“What type of neighbor would I be if I didn’t help you,” she adds and then says she’ll buy him an Apply gift card, which I guess they accept at the mechanics now.
Amber spoke with Bored Panda, saying that her convo might be joke, but scamming is serious.
“I’m no stranger to scammers. I recognized the tone immediately. I think we’ve all had that text or phone call that has left us feeling angry or taken advantage of,” Amber said. “These days, our information is so accessible that these types of situations don’t surprise me anymore. I just hate that there are some people that aren’t able to recognize when they’re being scammed and taken advantage of.”
She certainly knew what to say, spinning a tale about an upcoming neighborhood picnic and the cast of characters who would be populating it—all of whom Jeff should know!
Amber was definitely having her fun with this short fiction writing experiment. Though she admits that some of the characters in her conversation with the scammer may be based on real events in her town, where she is a massage therapist.
“These types of conversations allow me to be as ridiculous as I want. I’m just glad people get enjoyment out of it. I’ve come to love my town with all of its quirks and Lindas with the bad potato salad,” she said. “When you live in a very small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. This conversation in itself is a reflection of things you’d hear on aisle 5 at the local grocery store.”
Eventually, the scammer realized they weren’t getting any money and seemed genuinely pissed at Amber.
Where’d the neighborly love go?