Man’s ‘Gold’ Reply to Scam Text Made People Spill Coffee on Their Keyboards: “Where Do I Send the Bill for Cleaning?”
Scams are pretty common both online and offline but cases of online scams are harder to identify for people who are not observant or aware enough. A common form of scamming is the so-called phishing text messages which pop up on our phones now and then. It might resemble a fake ad, spam email or a fake parcel order. Sometimes, these malicious texts might even resemble important notifications sent by the government, debt collectors or our banks.
But these phishing texts are a trap to steal our hard-earned money if we carelessly give away our usernames, passwords, PINs or other sensitive information to scammers. Well, we can't totally avoid receiving these phishing texts but we can definitely add some humor to them and share them on a social media platform like @FPWellman did on Twitter. Wellman's screenshot of a phishing message was from someone named 'Diana' who wrote: "Tina, I am Diana. Do you remember me?"
Honestly, I enjoy these phishing texts way too much. pic.twitter.com/uoQdNJ70KA— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 10, 2023
Wellman had an aptly hilarious response to 'Diana' which he shared with the community. In the reply to the text, he wrote: "Diana! Seriously? You've got a lot of nerve hitting me up after all of this time. I did 3 years in a Turkish prison because you just had to have baklava when we were hiking through the Azerbaijani mountains with the rebels. Have you ever been to a Turkish prison, Diana? I had to wipe my ass with a rock! I still can't feel the third toe on my left foot! Now you just text me like it's no big deal? Oh, I remember you. I've waited years to tell you what I think."
Sure enough, netizens could not hold themselves back from commenting on this hilarious phishing-gone-wrong moment and shared their thoughts on the viral post. Some commented that they "spat their coffee on their keyboards" because the reply was so hilarious while others appreciated how wittily Wellman tackled the scammer and possibly left them speechless.
A master reply!!— Truth B.Told (@mickmanselle) June 10, 2023
" I had to wipe my ass with a rock"
Where do I send the bill for cleaning coffee off my keyboard?— Mick Magill he/him/his https://qoto.org/@surlyone (@sardonicsurly) June 10, 2023
Omg this is the best thing in the universe.— Liddle’ Savage (@littledeekay) June 10, 2023
This incident reminds us of the case of a 24-year-old man who was arrested in 2021 for opening over 300 bank accounts across India and renting them to cyber criminals in Jamtara, a region known as the phishing capital of India. These were used to receive siphoned money from innocent victims of cybercrime, reports The Economic Times. According to Bleeping Computer, in the same year, another man was caught by the authorities for sending fraudulent text messages to thousands of people to obtain banking details and defraud them.
To be fair, Azerbaijani baklava is good stuff— Enda Lynch (@austinstacksabu) June 10, 2023
This is gold 🤣 well done sir 🤌— Victor (@imvictortavarez) June 11, 2023
And I thought I was being clever just telling them the person they are trying to contact did in a bizarre incident or contracted leprosy and can't text any more. Well done!— Higher Ed Data Warlord (@todmassa) June 10, 2023
My best was back in the dinosaur ages before cell phones.— Bob Lapham (He/Him) (@boblapham) June 11, 2023
Received a call about my long-distance carrier.
Told them I was Amish and didn't believe in using technology.
Hung up while they were trying to process that.
The culprit apparently sent over 25,000 text messages per day from SIM cards installed in multiple devices. The fraudster was suspected to be part of a larger gang and was probably just doing the risky part of the business for the more important players that run the larger operation. If we are observant enough to tell a phishing message from a real one, then we can definitely have a good laugh at it. Otherwise, we will have to cry at our drained bank accounts.