Funny how this works, eh?
I’ve wondered for some time how these Facebook Messenger scams make money for the cons. I mean, apart from the many men who claim to run orphanages in Uganda, all of whom use the same photos… I wonder about the pretty girls (and in this case not really pretty) who send friend requests, only to immediately chat to you if you accept them, and then ramp up to Facebook calling you a few days later.
What are they? Scammers, catfish, bots… Who knows? Maybe they are not all the same – I don’t know. But every now and then, I accept such a request, reply mostly one word “OK” responses to their comments, and string them along hoping to find out just how the scam works. Unfortunately, they normally bore me before ever getting to the point. Once before it reached the point where one of them actually called me, and I immediately blocked “her”. But finally yesterday one of them hit pay dirt, or so she thought.
She asked me for a voucher to upgrade her phone for reasons unclear, right after I did not answer her Facebook call. Like I am going to pay money to have the privilege of chatting to someone I don’t care to chat to, who will most likely disappear right after taking my money anyway. So I shared this image yesterday, with text similar to this paragraph.
And last night when I checked my phone, I found her reply: “You are a fool.” Yup-yup, in that scammer’s world, someone who isn’t stupid enough to buy her bullshit is a fool. I do find it amusing, because that’s almost exactly what many theists like to attack atheists with in debates… Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, there is no god”.
Just like the theists, she has it backwards: It is wise not to fall for a scam. It is not wise to accept anyone’s word, or any written word, without evidence; even if that word was taught to you by peers/parents brainwashed before you. When those words come from a theist debater, they are paramount to, “Look, this claim that I demand you believe claims what it claims and it also claims that those who don’t believe it are unwise to do so”. Not terribly convincing because (and I shouldn’t have to spell it out), if I don’t believe your claim, then I don’t believe anything it says about people like me who don’t believe either. In fact, there isn’t much difference between that and a scammer calling me a fool because I didn’t give her my money.
Fret not, little scammer, you will find a sucker for your scheme elsewhere. Maybe you should try church groups? (I can’t link to her account since I blocked it, but you might find this particular scammer if you search for “Christina Mayda Mitchel”.)
Anyway, it amazes me that anyone falls for these scammers. In case you didn’t know, real potential friends do not start messaging you the minute you accept their requests, or they might send a general introductory message that tells you about themselves. They don’t bombard you with random personal questions as soon as you accept their requests. And decent people don’t Facebook call you, ever. I wonder if these scammers use tactics designed to find only the most stupid people, or if they are stupid themselves. I’m betting on the latter, and they get the former more by accident than design.