Let’s Embarrass this Scammer!

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So I got an email that looked like it was from a friend. But it didn’t take me long to realize that it was actually from a scammer. And now that I know who it really is, we’re gonna have a little bit of fun with this scammer and teach him a lesson. 

But this all started when I was checking my email during breakfast. By the way, have you tried Magic Spoon? Cold cereal was always so good as a kid but the older I got, the more I realized that sugar, carbs and unhealthy food probably isn’t the best way to start your day. You need some protein, but you ain’t got time to make yourself an omelet or a smoothie. So have some fun and try Magic Spoon. There’s zero grams of sugar, 13 or 14 grams of protein, only four to five net grams of carbs and only 140 calories per serving. It’s also keto friendly, gluten-free, grain free and soy free and it’s still got that taste that you loved as a kid. So click the link below to get some Magic Spoon cereal today you can build your very own variety box and use my code PLEASANTGREEN For $5 off! You can choose from the best selling cocoa, fruity frosted, peanut butter cookies and cream and maple waffle flavors. Right now I’m really loving mixing cocoa and peanut butter. I call it the pleasant green peanut butter cup. Magic Spoon is so confident in their product that it’s backed with a 100% happiness guarantee. So if you don’t love it for any reason, they’ll refund you your money. No questions asked. Also for my Canadian and British fans, Magic Spoon is now shipping to Canada and the UK. 

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, I got an email from a guy named Michael and the subject line reads: “Favor to ask?”. It goes on to say: “Hi, sorry to bother you. Do you order from Amazon? Thank you. Mike” 

Strange question. I respond and I say: “Yes”. And within like seconds, he writes back this big long paragraph about how he wants me to purchase a gift card for him so that he can give it to a friend’s daughter who has cancer. I guess he’s having a hard time buying it himself and he wants me, his friend, to help him out. Now I’m trying to remember how I know this might guy. I searched my inbox and it turns out that this is a guy that I helped a year ago regarding another type of scam involving the Amazon Alexa, and this email looks identical only as from Outlook and not Yahoo. I’m thinking this scammer is impersonating the real Mike and he has a list of contacts that he thinks will help him out with an Amazon gift card. But I need to know more. 

So I write back and I say: “I need some more info. Who are you and who is this girl?” 

And he responds and he says: “I’m Michael and she is my friend, Betty’s daughter. 

I said: “What’s her name?”

“Her name is Catherine.” 

I said: “When will you be able to pay me back?” 

“I will reimburse you back on Friday and let me know if you are willing to help me out with this.” 

So he goes on to tell me that he needs $200 gift cards from Amazon and he gives me Katherine’s full name. He also gives me an email address. But the name on that is different. We’ll get back to this later. But scammers usually want you to buy gift cards because there’s a scammer network out there that will give you Bitcoin for gift cards. But if I send the scammer an E-gift card, then the only thing that you can do with it is add it to the balance of your Amazon account. I’m not sure which he prefers so I go to send an E gift card to the girl’s email address. And I take a screenshot and I asked if I’m doing it right. 

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And he says: “You can put your own email address and the recipient once you get the gift card on your email. You can now send the gift card to me then I can have it forwarded to her ASAP.” 

Okay, that’s not how this works. If I put my own email, then it’s gonna send the redemption code to me. And it’s gonna add $200 to my Amazon account. 

So he says: “Okay, send it to her email address I gave to you. Keep me posted once you are done with it.” 

Okay, I’m confused. Does he want two physical gift cards that he can exchange for crypto or does he want Amazon credit so he can go shopping on Amazon? Or can you sell egift cards for crypto too? Or is this really just a guy who wants to do something nice for a poor young girl with cancer? 

I say: “Let’s talk on the phone and figure it out.” 

And of course he’s making an excuse that he can’t talk because the quality isn’t ideal. Okay, so I’m just going to do what he originally said to do and I buy an Amazon E-gift card. For myself, I actually only spent $5. But I wanted to get that email from Amazon when someone sends you a gift card. 

That’s when he says: “Okay, P.S once you get the gift card kindly forward to me.”

Now there’s a red flag kindly. No one is more kind than scammers. So let’s see if I can figure out who this scammer is. So I forwarded the email and I changed the $5 to $200, then I replaced the link in the Apply button with a link that I generated from gratify.link. Now this is a redirect link that I’ve set up just to point to Amazon’s homepage, but it’s going to capture the IP address of whoever clicks on it. So I hit forward and it looks just like I’m passing along this email with the redemption code. And the scammer just can’t help himself. He clicks on the button and I get an alert and I can see that this person’s IP address is registering. And “Nigeria, Lagos”. So this guy has no idea that I know where he is. He just clicked the link and ended up at amazon.com. 

So he writes me back and he says: “The code is not included in the gift card you sent. Please help me put the email given to you so that she can get this gift card. I want to put some smile into her face.”

That sounds kind of gross. I decided to investigate a little more. 

I say: “Tell me about this girl.” 

“She’s my friend’s daughter who is down with cancer of the liver. It’s her birthday today and I promised to get it for her today.” 

And that’s when I simply asked: “Does she live in Nigeria?” 

And he never wrote me back. It was an honest question. I never said that I wouldn’t help her. I just wanted to know where she lived. But apparently, I spooked him so bad that he’s run off and he’s probably going to try his luck with another one of Mike’s friends. So I think I’m just going to call up the real Mike and get the full story about what’s really going on. 

(Pleasant Green) So, so you started getting messages from your friends who were reaching out to you, asking why you were reaching out to them for money. 

(Mike)Yes

(Pleasant Green) To help some sick girl?

(Mike) Yes. And I, at the end of the day, I probably got 50, uh, text messages, and, um, oh, probably 30 phone calls. I was not a happy camper.

So it sounds like the scammer somehow got Mike’s password and then got access to all of his contacts, and then proceeded to message them all asking for money.

(Mike) You know it. This is like day four of waking up in the morning. I’m an old guy so I’m up at six o’clock and thinking I got the whole day to do my stuff. And suddenly it’s two in the afternoon and I haven’t done a thing I want to do when dealing with. Yeah, it’s not just funny messages. He’s sending me this, this effective business.

You know, scammers, I really don’t care if you mess with me. But when you mess with my friends, it really pisses me off. So now we’re going to teach this scammer a lesson and embarrass him. And I remember that he gave me a Gmail address that apparently belonged to this poor young girl, but it doesn’t. It belongs to him. So I enter into Gmail to see if he’s created a Google profile or uploaded a picture. And it turns out he has. 

Well look at that. Is he a lawyer? Or is he trying out for Hamilton? Who knows, but let’s have some fun with him. Now every time I expose a scammer in Nigeria, I get crap in the comments about how I mean to Nigerians. So now I’m going to highlight some people in Nigeria with some real talent. So I went onto Twitter asking for graphic designers based in Nigeria and I got a lot of volunteers. So many that I helped to contest, I asked them to show me their work by putting my face on some Nigerian currency, which resulted in some fantastic work. And since our scammer looks like an American President, I’m going to put him on some American currency with the help of my friends in Nigeria. Then I went ahead and I printed a bunch of copies and I cut them out. Then I emailed the picture to the address that originally was asking me for money and said: “Hey, I’ve got your money if you still want to help that girl.”

No response. I guess he’s not interested in my funny money. Maybe he’d be more interested in some Nigerian currency because you know what they say? It’s all about the Benjamins baby. Oh, check it out. He’s finally removed. His profile picture. 

Well, another day another scammer called out but this will be a reminder to you to keep your password safe. Use different ones on every account and change them up pretty often. And never send gift cards to strangers. Gift cards are for your friends, your real friends. And of course, I hope that you subscribe and come on back for more. And once again, thanks so much for watching.

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