Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Beware the Line Scam!

You always think that scams are something that don't happen to you. But in an amazing coincidence, a scammer tried to part my money and I using the exact same scam that I read about yesterday.

If you haven't heard, this is the LINE scam that's making its way around Singapore and Japan recently (click on the links to read a newspaper article and funny ways 'victims' have responded. Ok, here's one more.)

Oh, and he tried to scam a few of my family members at the same time. What he/she (I'm just going to go with "he" from now on) didn't know is that we actually have a Whatsapp group, so we figured out what this guy was up to almost instantaneously.

Actually, I don't think it's a human. The English is too terrible, and the Japanese versions are awkward Japanese. Awkward enough that even I think it's terrible. Or maybe just someone who's native language isn't English or Japanese.

So, I wanted to try and see if I cook make the guy angry, but I failed. I think. The guy left the convo then deleted my cousin's account. And because I can't take screenshots on my phone (I cannot wait to switch to an iPhone. Good thing I will do that soon), I had to take them with my camera.

Scammers - stop following the same pattern. REACT TO ME. 
On hindsight, I should have done the cat-facts stuff from the start.

Most disinterested scammer ever. Seriously. Make an effort. 
Or you know, go "I didn't know you owned any Apple products!" 

He didn't even give me a chance to send a photo! 
On the other hand, my cousin had some awesome responses (shared with permission).
He is obviously following a script. RESPOND. 
Don't you just love cats? CAT FACTS!


But seriously speaking, this has caused a lot of trouble to my cousin. He has been locked out of his account, it's giving him stress, and he really doesn't know what to do.

And for everyone, please stay on the alert. Even if your friends message you for money, make sure it's them. Ask for a photo of them, ask them a question that involves something only the two of you know, contact them on other apps (Whatsapp, Facebook Message, Google+ message, email, etc).