Scammers can be very imaginative in how they try to bamboozle people out of their hard-earned cash. But the people who fight back against scammers and give them the runaround have the patience of saints and are the true masters of creativity.
Take Imgur user Jicamarcababy’s story as a great example—when a scammer tried to swindle him out of his money by pretending to be his boss, he didn’t panic and he didn’t ignore the messages.
Instead, he took the swindler on a wild ride that involved Farming Simulator and pocket fries, wasted his time by pretending to be dumb and melodramatic, and posted the entire back-and-forth on the internet for us to enjoy. So scroll down, feast your eyes on how some people deal with brigands and cads, and read Bored Panda's interview with Jicamarcababy, dear Pandas! And if you want some more stories about people trolling scammers, check out our posts right here, here and here.
According to the Imgurian, the whole message exchange with the scammer took 3 to 4 hours, but he used a burner phone number for the conversation and took screenshots of it which is why it looks like the conversation took only 11 minutes. He also pointed out that he didn’t actually do any of the things he told the scammer about: he simply sent them photos that he found on Google.
Jicamarcababy told Bored Panda that his first reaction when he got the scammer's email asking for his phone number was a massive eye roll. "They were pretending to be my CEO but the sender's name was completely wrong, so it was apparent from the start that it was baloney," he said.
We were curious whether Jicamarcababy shared the story with the scammer with his colleagues. "I actually got laid off temporarily from this job due to the pandemic but was kept on file for potential contracts/freelance work, so I didn't tell my coworkers, but the fact that I was laid off and the CEO wanted to talk to me was... suspicious."
It's not the first time that somebody tried to scam the Imgurian. "I actually got one of these emails a while back, and I actually went to the store. When I got there they explained that they wanted gift cards, and I knew it was a scam and felt immensely stupid for going to the store in the first place. This was sort of revenge for my past self as well as others who get these messages."
The Imgurian’s conversation with the scammer got a lot of people’s attention. In less than 13 hours, more than 129.8k people saw the post and over 3.2k people upvoted the story.
The Federal Trade Commission warns that gift cards are the “number one payment method” that imposters demand from their marks. Scammers can pretend to be anyone just to trick you: from family members who supposedly have an emergency on their hands to government officials or even public utility company representatives. Or they might even try to swindle you by saying that you won a contest.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers will try to manipulate you by appealing to your hopes and fears, trying to make you act emotionally. Remember—they will say _anything_ to get your money.
The best thing to do would be to ignore scammers, block their numbers, and report them if you don’t feel like wasting their time for some laughs. But if you made a blunder and paid a scammer with a gift card, the first thing that you should do is call the card company and report that it was used in a scam.