LAD Tricks Online Scammer Out Of £25 And Donates It To Charity
A canny DJ and student managed to turn the tables on an online scammer and get them to hand over £2.
He then donated the cash to charity, with a frankly wonderful additional flourish. Fair play.
Ross Walsh, from County Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland, got a message out of the blue from someone calling themselves 'Solomon Gundi' - who wanted to offer the student a 'business opportunity'.
Now, while most of us would just ignore such a message, Ross, 22, was adamant that he wanted to 'waste their time, so they're not wasting anyone else's'.
In the email, 'big business banker Solomon' asked for £1,000 for half of his stock trading business - so a bit like Dragons' Den, except in return for the investment, you'd end up with naff all.
Spotting the scam from around a million miles away, Ross replied to say that £1,000 was an 'insult' and that he was willing to stump up £50,000 explaining he was 'a very enthusiastic businessman'.
To make it look legit, and win the scammer's trust, Ross included a mocked-up image that looked to a be screenshot of a transaction for £50,000 from his account to 'Solomon's'.
At this point we can assume that 'Solomon' was dancing around his living room/mum's basement with delight, thinking he'd managed to reel someone in.
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'Solomon' replied to say that that he hadn't received the money yet - and it was here that Ross got even more creative.
He emailed back to explain that his bank had stopped the transaction and to make it go through, 'Solomon' would have to deposit a small amount - £25 - into Ross's account in order 'to unfreeze the assets'.
You'd think being an email scammer, not to mention 'big business banker', that 'Solomon' would have spotted when he was being led down the garden path, but the scammer did not and quickly put £25 into Ross's account. Amazing.
And to make this story even better, kind-hearted Ross then donated the money to a cancer charity before adding insult to injury and sending the receipt to 'Solomon'.
This is third time Ross has been able to get cash from a scammer and he likes to donate the money to charity.
Speaking to the BBC, Ross explained: "I'll always give it to a good cause to get use out of the money because for all I know, that's someone else's money."
Ross said the 'Solomon Gundi' account has since been closed.
Well played Ross, well played.
Featured Image Credit: Ross Walsh