Guy Told He’d Won $1.2 Million From “Mark Zuckerberg” Has A Hilariously Savage Response
On 18th August 2018
One of the more annoying aspects of the internet is the number of scammers lurking and ready to pounce. There are many variations of the ruse, but they're all scams, and we usually just delete them and move on to the next thing in our inbox. After all, there's no point in replying to the emails, is there? One guy decided to turn the tables and scam the scammer.
Tom Sheerin from Liverpool, England, received a Facebook message from a man named Michael Austin.
Waste scammer time
Tom had a couple of hours to spare, so he thought he'd waste a couple of hours of the scammer's time. Because why not?
Tom wrote, sharing screenshots of the hilarious exchange:
"Decided to have a little fun with someone trying to scam me on Facebook, kept him busy for about 2 hours."
It all started after a man named Michael Austin said a simple "Hello" to Tom Sheerin from Liverpool.
$1.2 million lottery
Michael claimed that none other than Mark Zuckerberg had told him to contact Tom, as he had just been randomly selected to win $1.2 million and a jeep that would be distributed by the 'Federal-State Government.'
All Tom had to do was hand over $500 in delivery fees to this complete stranger who had approached him via Facebook Messenger.
The scammer was then insulted in the most English way possible when Tom revealed that he lived at "69 Bell End" and that his Gmail address contained the name of one of the UK’s most notorious sex offenders, Jimmy Savile.
"Don't' inform anyone"
Tom swore he could keep a secret, however, the new friendship quickly soured when Tom proudly announced he had told the local paper all about his big win.
And apparently, the winnings were to be 'terminated'
The greatest troll of 2018
And there's this whole thing at the end with his (presumably fictional) son's drawing of a horse. Which, is actually kind of sweet in a weird, twisted and kind of tragic way.
Tom was smart enough to play the scammer at his own game.
According to Tom, he kept Michael busy for at least two hours before he finally realized he was being trolled. Since sharing the images to his Facebook page, Tom’s post has received has received more than 8,000 likes and 21,000 shares from amused Facebook users.
Tom told UNILAD:
I’ve had messages like this in the past and I always try to mess about with them but they usually realize pretty quick, this man must be working on commission because he really didn’t want to give up.
The response has been amazing, I only posted it as I thought a friend might appreciate it but before I knew it it was getting shared around the world, now seen it on websites from Russia, Ukraine, and the US, can’t believe how positive the response has been.