I love messing with people’s minds. Here is the entire text conversation I had this morning from Facebook messenger. Fortunately, I always smell something fishy when when a random person starts off by saying, Hello, how are you doing today?
Scammer: Hello. How are you doing today?
Me: Hello. How is uncle Charlie doing?
Scammer: Doing good. Glad to hear from you. I’m doing pretty good and happy. Have you’ve heard the good news about the COV19 IFC grant?
Me: Is uncle Charlie going to die?
Scammer: They are helping the old, retired, and widows. The international finance corporation grant gives you cash. I got $90,000 when I applied and I don’t have to pay it back. Did you get yours?
Me: I always loved uncle Charlie.
Scammer: We love him so much. Have you heard about the program? I got $90,000 when I applied.
Me: I’m glad you got that money. Let uncle Charlie know we love him.
The agent in charge is Jessica Smith. She is trustworthy. Text her that you heard from me and that you would like to apply for the grant.
Me: Honey, we don’t need any money. Can’t take it to heaven. But thank you.
Scammer: I know you have enough. But my money is still at the bank and Charlie seriously needs some money for his surgery.
Me: Surgery? Why?
Scammer: He’s in critical condition. We need almost $4,500. Can you give us some money? How much can you get right now? We have to get some medication or he will go to surgery.
Me: Who goes to surgery?
Scammer: Charlie if we don’t get his medication. Do you have PayPal or cash app to get us some money?
Me: Who is Charlie?
Scammer: Your uncle Charlie!
Me: What happened to uncle Charlie? Is he OK?
Scammer: I already told you he’s in critical condition. How much can you get so I can send you to the bank?