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Stranded Friend Scam

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Recently I saw on Facebook that an old high school friend's account had been hijacked. His wife posted a something about it because who ever was hijacked it was trying to scam people.

A few hours after I saw her message, he starts chatting with me. Sure enough I got the "I'm stuck in a foreign country and need money to get home" story. I was working on our e-rate stuff and some other programming projects that day so I was going to be at my desk for a while, so I decided to play along and see how long I could string this guy along.

[Him]  
  10:30am
  hey@
  hey!
  are you there?
[Me]  
  10:31am
  what's up rus?
[Him]  
  10:31am
  not too good at the moment
[Me]  
  10:31am
  no?
  what's wrong?
[Him]  
  10:32am
  i'm in a deep mess at the moment
[Me]  
  10:32am
  howso?
  you alive over there?
[Him]  
  10:36am
  Are you aware I'm in London
  I am stranded in London
[Me]  
  10:36am
  really? what are you doing there?
  when did you go?
[Him]  
  10:37am
  I traveled to London on visit and got mugged at gun point
[Me]  
  10:37am
  oh no! are you ok?
[Him]  
  10:37am
  All cash,credit card and cell phone were stolen off me
[Me]  
  10:37am
  :(:(
[Him]  
  10:37am
  i have a little bruises on my hand
[Me]  
  10:38am
  do you still have your passport?
[Him]  
  10:38am
  It was a brutal experience.........Thank God i still have my life and passport safe
  i'm freaked out here.......my return flight leaves in less than 3hours from now
[Me]  
  10:38am
  what time is it over there right now?
[Him]  
  10:39am
  I need your help
[Me]  
  10:39am
  ?
[Him]  
  10:39am
  I was wondering if you can loan me some $$ to sort out my hotel bills and get a cab down to the airport
  Promise to refund back immediately i return back today.
[Me]  
  10:40am
  sure no problem...but there is no way I can get it to you in time to make your flight
[Him]  
  10:40am
  the time is 3:40pm
  I think you can have it wired to on my name through western union
  Do you know any western union outlet near you
  all you need is my name and location
[Me]  
  10:41am
  no I don't...
  how about you give me your bank account number and routing number and i'll deposit some money in your account
[Him]  
  10:42am
  you can have it done online
  log on to www.westernunion.com
  got it
[Me]  
  10:43am
  sorry that website isn't loading for me
  is there another way?
[Him]  
  10:44am
  you can google the nearest location near you
  or have it done online wit your credit card
[Me]  
  10:45am
  I got a better idea...since you online you can sign into your bank's website and get your creditcard number and use that to pay your hotel bill
  That's what a normal person not trying to scam someone would do
[Him]  
  10:45am
  All cash,credit card and cell phone were stolen off me
[Me]  
  10:46am
  since i had lunch with your yesterday...
  in the united states...
  how much money are you looking to get anyway?
[Him]  
  10:47am
  $$1450
[Me]  
  10:47am
  that's quite a hotel bill, how long have you been there?
[Him]  
  10:49am
  i also want to use it to take a cab to the airport
[Me]  
  10:50am
  a cab or a limo? how long have you been there?
[Him]  
  10:51am
  also sort other bills
[Me]  
  10:51am
  like what?
[Him]  
  10:52am
  please i have limited time here
[Me]  
  10:52am
  hey westernunion website just loaded for me!
  so what do I have to do?
[Him]  
  10:53am
  you have to register first
  select send money
[Me]  
  10:53am
  ok
[Him]  
  10:53am
  all you need is my name and location
[Me]  
  10:54am
  ok give me the name and location exactly how it needs to be
[Him]  
  10:54am
  Name:******* *****
  Location:United kingdom,London
  got it
  ?
[Me]  
  10:54am
  Not your full name?
  ...still registering
[Him]  
  10:55am
  that all you need
[Me]  
  10:58am
  omg this registration is taking forever
  it says I can only send 999.99
[Him]  
  11:00am
  ok send it
[Me]  
  11:00am
  but that won't be enough...
  do you need 1450 us dollars or uk pounds?
[Him]  
  11:02am
  pounds
[Me]  
  11:02am
  ok, what's the current conversion rate? Do you know?
[Him]  
  11:03am
  they use pounds here
  Please can you have the 999 sent now?
[Me]  
  11:03am
  im working on it
  they say it'll cost $68 dollars to do the transfer...is that part of the $999? like then you'll only get $931??
  which hotel are you at?
[Him]  
  11:07am
  are you doing it
[Me]  
  11:07am
  just finishing the form
  ok I just sent it!
  OH SHIT
[Him]  
  11:07am
  how long will it take you
  ?
[Me]  
  11:08am
  I sent it to United Aarb Emirates by mistake!!!
  it was right above the UK in the list
  omg
  what do i do?
[Him]  
  11:08am
  resall it
  recall it
  back
[Me]  
  11:08am
  how?
[Him]  
  11:09am
  you change it
[Me]  
  11:09am
  lemme call that fucking number on teh screen and see if I can stop the payment
[Him]  
  11:10am
  you can change it
[Me]  
  11:10am
  I'm trying
  did you know money in united arab emirates is called "dirham"? weird
  Lemme try this again
[Him]  
  11:12am
  ok
[Me]  
  11:14am
  ugh, not working
  I think that first charge through me over my credit limit....
  lemme call my bank
  are you being charged by the minute to use internet at the hotel?
[Him]  
  11:16am
  i'm in a local library using there computer to reach out friends for help
[Me]  
  11:17am
  ok good, i thought your bill was steadily going up by the second
  I'm on hold with the bank...
  did you find anyone else to also help you out?
  dude did the librarian kick you out or something?
[Him]  
  11:24am
  i'm freaked out here
[Me]  
  11:25am
  me too!
  ok
[Him]  
  11:25am
  right now am mentally disorder i can't think straight
[Me]  
  11:25am
  just got off the phone with the bank...they temporarily upped my credit limit
[Him]  
  11:26am
  can you have the money sent now please
[Me]  
  11:27am
  working on it
[Him]  
  11:27am
  ok
[Me]  
  11:27am
  how do you plan on repaying me by the way?
  like when should i expect it?
  what do you think a fair interest rate is?
[Him]  
  11:28am
  Promise to refund back immediately i return back today.
[Me]  
  11:30am
  just in case...I think 15% compounded continuously is fair. what do you think?
[Him]  
  11:30am
  ok
[Me]  
  11:31am
  tell me your mothers maiden name in lieu of a signature our new verbal contract...
  shit...my boss is calling...gimme a minute
[Him]  
  11:36am
  are you there?
[Me]  
  11:42am
  sorry buddy
  had to get rid of my boss
  ok sending now
  I'm assuming you didn't tell your wife because you don't want her to worry
[Him]  
  11:44am
  how long with it take you to have it done
[Me]  
  11:45am
  it just said "within minutes"
  can you check now?
  you there?
[Him]  
  11:48am
  yes
[Him]  
  11:53am
  u there?
[Me]  
  11:54am
  yeah, did you get it?
[Him]  
  11:54am
  no
  can i have the mtcn number
  email it ti me
  here is my id ****@operamail.com
  are you there?
[Me]  
  11:57am
  i didn't see a mtcn number....where is it?
[Him]  
  11:57am
  the western union will give you a 10 digit number
[Me]  
  11:58am
  lemme look around for it
[Him]  
  11:59am
  i will pick up the money with the mtcn and my passport
[Me]  
  12:00pm
  ok i found it
  1848485571
[Him]  
  12:01pm
  what about the senders name
[Me]  
  12:02pm
  it's my name
[Him]  
  12:04pm
  can you send me the scanned receipt
  u there?
[Me]  
  12:05pm
  what scanned receipt?
[Him]  
  12:05pm
  it not tracking
[Me]  
  12:06pm
  WHAT?
[Him]  
  12:06pm
  can you send me the full details
[Me]  
  12:06pm
  where is my money then?
  you have all the details i have....
[Him]  
  12:08pm
  can you send me the sender's name:
  receiver's name
  mtcn#
  are you there?
  ??
[Me]  
  12:14pm
  dude
  myname is the sender
  yourname is the receiver
  1848485571 is the #
[Him]  
  12:22pm
  please can you email me the full details and amount
  they are asking me at the western union outlet
  are you there?
  are you there?
  ??
[Him]  
  12:40pm
  ??
[Me]  
  12:40pm
  sorry
  i just sent the email
[Him]  
  12:42pm
  i did not see it
[Me]  
  12:42pm
  maybe it'll take a few minutes
[Him]  
  12:43pm
  ******@operamail.com
  please cam you sent me the following details
  sender's name
  receiver's name
  mtcn#
  amount sent
  please
[Me]  
  12:44pm
  I just sent it again
  still nothing?
[Him]  
  12:45pm
  on this email *****@operamail.com
  u there?
  are you there?
  i did not see the mail
[Me]  
  12:48pm
  did you check your spam folder?
[Him]  
  12:49pm
  yes
  ok send it to my in box on facebook
[Me]  
  12:50pm
  what time is your flight?
[Him]  
  12:51pm
  6:45pm
[Me]  
  12:54pm
  dude, it's almost 6, youre never going to make it
[Him]  
  12:55pm
  i will once i get the money
  hello
  ??
[Me]  
  1:00pm
  check your email again...it should be there
[Him]  
  1:01pm
  not there?
  no there
  are you kidding me?
[Me]  
  1:03pm
  I'm not kidding you, I'm trying to help you!!
  how long of a cab ride is it to the airport?
[Him]  
  1:04pm
  20min
[Me]  
  1:04pm
  ok, let me send this again just to make sure.
[Him]  
  1:05pm
  send it to this id ******@operamail.com
  got it
[Him]  
  1:12pm
  are you there?
[Me]  
  1:12pm
  yup
  i send it again to ******@operamail.com
  nothing yet?
[Him]  
  1:13pm
  yes
  can you sen it to me now on facebook
[Me]  
  1:14pm
  shit my boss again...brb
[Him]  
  1:14pm
  please i have limited time here
[Him]  
  1:21pm
  Hello
  Are you there?
[Him]  
  1:30pm
  you are kidding me
[Me]  
  1:32pm
  Dude, im TRYING here...not easy to avoid the boss and help when Im supposed to be working
  did the email show up yet?
  it's the same info as I sent you in this chat...
[Him]  
  1:33pm
  no
  you did not sent the money
  you did not send the money
  you are kidding me
[Me]  
  1:34pm
  :):)
  me? no, im not kidding
  youre the one who is kidding
[Him]  
  1:35pm
  Are you aware I'm in London
  how
  ?
[Me]  
  1:35pm
  I spoke to you on the phone 2 hours ago
  youre a scammer
  rusty isn't in london
[Him]  
  1:36pm
  fine so wat abt dat
[Me]  
  1:36pm
  so what about what?
  do you actually find people dumb enough to send you money?
  like is this profitable at all?
  i wouldn't mind getting in on it if it was
[Him]  
  1:37pm
  so how
  ?
[Me]  
  1:37pm
  i dont understand the question
[Him]  
  1:37pm
  i wouldn't mind getting in on it if it was
  how can u
  i luv ur baby
[Me]  
  1:38pm
  that's MY question, how do you start scamming people like this?
  is it easy?
  thanks! she's really cute
[Him]  
  1:38pm
  looks preety
  can u help me i will stop scaming
[Me]  
  1:39pm
  depends, what do you need help with?
[Him]  
  1:39pm
  money
[Me]  
  1:39pm
  dude, we all need money
[Him]  
  1:40pm
  i need to go back to school
  and my my younger sis
[Me]  
  1:41pm
  take out student loans
[Him]  
  1:41pm
  they dont give here
[Me]  
  1:41pm
  what country?
[Him]  
  1:42pm
  if i should tell u will you sent the money
  ?
[Me]  
  1:42pm
  probably not
[Him]  
  1:42pm
  kk
  you dont need to no
[Me]  
  1:42pm
  *know
  that's ok
  so how did you get Rusty's name and password anyway?
  I've always been curious about that
  did you guess it?
[Him]  
  1:43pm
  it a brain
  work
  do u want me to give you one
[Me]  
  1:44pm
  please share...i'd love to know how a smart person like yourself does this
[Him]  
  1:44pm
  if you want to u av to pay
[Me]  
  1:44pm
  omg seriously...you're charging for every answer now?
  does my previous 3 hours of roleplaying count for nothing?
[Him]  
  1:45pm
  bcos i need money
[Me]  
  1:45pm
  sell something there is a demand for
[Him]  
  1:45pm
  please just help me
[Me]  
  1:45pm
  what is in high demand in your country?
[Him]  
  1:46pm
  i dnt no
  pay first
  i need to get and facebook and scam them
  ok
[Me]  
  1:47pm
  but does it actually work?
[Him]  
  1:47pm
  9ice chatin wit u
[Me]  
  1:47pm
  have you gotten ANY money from this?
[Him]  
  1:47pm
  yes
[Me]  
  1:47pm
  really?!
  how much?
[Him]  
  1:47pm
  but it been long
[Me]  
  1:47pm
  huh?
[Him]  
  1:47pm
  cos i stped it some tine ago
[Me]  
  1:47pm
  ok
[Him]  
  1:47pm
  cos i stoped it some tine ago
[Me]  
  1:48pm
  but have you gotten any since you started pretending to be Rusty?
[Him]  
  1:48pm
  so i need money and i av to com back
  no
[Me]  
  1:48pm
  how many people have you tried?
  as rusty
  all of his friends?
[Him]  
  1:49pm
  many but they dnt av enough money
[Me]  
  1:49pm
  yeah, i bet
[Him]  
  1:49pm
  they only av 250 busk
[Me]  
  1:49pm
  have you tried just getting a job?
  that's what i did
[Him]  
  1:49pm
  yes
[Me]  
  1:49pm
  how did that go?
[Him]  
  1:50pm
  they did not give d job
  so i av to eat
  dats y i came back to scaming
  u there?
[Me]  
  1:51pm
  yeah...times are tough
  well..
[Him]  
  1:51pm
  can you help me
  please in the name of God
  so dat i will stop scaming
  poeple
[Me]  
  1:52pm
  Rusty's wife already posted that his account has been hijacked, so you're not going to get anywhere with Rusty's account. Would you consider giving it back to him and moving on?
  consider it a favor for me?
[Him]  
  1:53pm
  can you also help me
  with 500$
[Me]  
  1:53pm
  $500!!
  that's a bit steep
[Him]  
  1:53pm
  i wil get it back to him
  or can i chat wit him
  i am beging you in the name of god
[Me]  
  1:54pm
  how about you just be a nice person and give it back. If you need to continue scamming, move onto the next account and leave rusty alone
  set his password to "rusty"
  if you do that...
  and he is able to login and reclaim his account, Then i'll consider giving you some money
[Him]  
  1:55pm
  are you going to give me money
[Me]  
  1:55pm
  only after i see he has gotten his account back
[Him]  
  1:56pm
  when you send the noney i will give it to you then you will give it to him
[Me]  
  1:56pm
  no
  he gets the account first
  you're the untrustworthy person here
[Him]  
  1:57pm
  let make a deal
[Me]  
  1:57pm
  that's what I'm trying to do!
[Him]  
  1:57pm
  i will give you my phone you have to call me first
[Me]  
  1:58pm
  why?
  what do you have to lose? i don't understand
  like i said, his account is useless to you now, all of his friends know you hijacked it and that he really isn't in stranded in london
[Him]  
  1:59pm
  if i can use i wil deactivate dis he wont be able to use 4eva
[Me]  
  1:59pm
  why would you do that?
[Him]  
  2:00pm
  dat how i do tins
  but bcos of you i wont dat
  i will give it to you
  i'm about going
  here id the details
  name:***** ******
  location:united kingdon,london
  amount:$500
  or $450
  tell rusty
[Me]  
  2:03pm
  dude, I'm disappointed
  I'm not going to pay a ransom for his fb account....and he isn't either.
  BUT
  if you give back the account, or give it to me, once it's back in his hands I'll consider sending you some money
[Him]  
  2:03pm
  but what
  i got to go
  take care
[Me]  
  2:04pm
  ok
  sorry
  you had the chance of getting money
  but decided not to go that way
[Him]  
  2:05pm
  i will deactivate dis acct
[Me]  
  2:05pm
  :(:(
[Him]  
  2:05pm
  i dnt trust u
  so i can
[Me]  
  2:05pm
  me?!
[Him]  
  2:05pm
  t
[Me]  
  2:05pm
  how can i trust you?
  you've been trying to scam me all day
  be the bigger man and give it up
  show that you aren't just a heartless scammer
[Him]  
  2:06pm
  his wife did not past any thine on his wall
  u lied to
[Me]  
  2:06pm
  no
  she posted it on HER wall
[Him]  
  2:06pm
  any way i dnt need d acct any more
[Me]  
  2:06pm
  and because you removed her as his wife you wouldn't see it
  if yo don't need it...give it to me
  i'll give it back to him
[Him]  
  2:08pm
  i saw every tim u wroat
[Me]  
  2:08pm
  what?
[Him]  
  2:09pm
  Joe Reid He msged me this morning. I've been stringing this guy along for HOURS while doing stuff at here at work...
[Me]  
  2:10pm
  yeah...just like you've been doing to me
  i knew you were a scammer from your first msg
[Him]  
  2:10pm
  wat do u want to say abt it
  fuck u
[Me]  
  2:10pm
  awww
  don't be like that....
  what do you expect?
  you're stealing his identity and trying to trick people out of money...
  and you're acting like IM the badguy...
[Him]  
  2:11pm
  it bad u see someone who want to stop somtin you dnt want to help him it really bad
[Me]  
  2:12pm
  i do want to help you, but i can't trust you because you already tried scamming me
  so you have to make the first move by giving up rusty's account
[Him]  
  2:13pm
  i'm serious i cant scan you again
  i swear wit my life
[Me]  
  2:13pm
  words...
  show that you're a better man by giving me the account
[Him]  
  2:14pm
  let make adeal
  call me now
[Me]  
  2:15pm
  why?
[Him]  
  2:15pm
  let me give you my phone number
  2:15pmRusty is offline.
  2:15pmRusty is online.
[Him]  
  2:16pm
  u there?
[Me]  
  2:16pm
  yup...thought you went offline
[Him]  
  2:17pm
  i deactivate it and cam back again
  i want to talk to him
  now
[Me]  
  2:18pm
  you'll probably have to talk to his wife then
  because he's not here
[Him]  
  2:19pm
  ok
  is she wit you
[Me]  
  2:19pm
  no
  I'm at work
[Him]  
  2:19pm
  how much do you want to send me
  2:20pmRusty is offline.
  2:24pmRusty is online.
[Me]  
  2:25pm
  i dont really want to send you anything...I told you, I can't trust you, you have to give up his account to me first

Our conversation ended when my friend got access to his account again. I'm pretty sure he used one of Facebook's recovery methods rather than Mr. Scammer giving the account back. He actually sent me a friend request from another account (either hijacked or just created) but I didn't accept it or contact him again.

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