There's a new scam born every single day. In regards to social media, they've taken on some very interesting forms. A new one I came across, and couldn't resist having fun with, promises a large sum of money for solving a rather easy puzzle.
Be on the lookout for these scams, and I figured out how to get the scammers to block me.
There's No Such Thing As Free Money. Seriously.
The post was in a fans of Steven Wright group I belong to. An individual claimed to be giving away $1,500 if you could solve a very simple puzzle.
I solved it, and sent my message.
You Don't Win Money So You Have To Pay For It.
Instantly I was congratulated, and then asked for my Cashapp address. I gave it to the person, and explained I was incredibly excited to have won.
Next, they told me I would need $50 in my Cashapp account. For some reason, that would be used to purchase Bitcoin, at which point I would receive my money.
I didn't have $50 in there, so I got creative.
He was less than appreciative of my creative attempt to deceive him.
Of course, this wasn't even a screenshot of my account balance. It's the screen where you type in how much you want to send or receive. He wasn't fooled.
Scammers Do Not Like To Be Bargained With
I decided to bargain with the scammer to see if a deal could be reached. I tried a few different approaches.
- Send me the $1,500 and I'll buy the crypto out of that
- Send me $1,450 and we skip the crypto step
- Send me $750 and keep the rest for yourself
- Send me $750, I'll buy the crypto, and then you can send the rest
- Split the money with me 50/50 and we don't have to tell your boss
None of these appeased the scammer. So, I told him I would add the money to my account and that I was sorry.
I didn't, and I wasn't.
Scammers Do Not Have Patience For People Wasting Their Time
Obviously, that is the same screen as before. This time I just typed in the number 50 and sent the screenshot. This really upset him. He told me he does this for a living and knows that I was lying.
So, I got creative and decided to crop out everything but the $50 to see if that would finally make him happy. When he claimed I was lying, I added a disclaimer to the cropped image stating that it was, in fact, legit.
It didn't work. I kept this going for quite some time, until finally...the scammer blocked me.
Be careful what you get into on social media. If anyone just randomly asks you for money, verify it is the real person.
At one point in this conversation, he asked for my Facebook login info to help speed up the payment process. I told him if he sent me half of my money up front, he could have it. It never happened.
Be protective of your info online, and remember, there's no such thing as free money.