Facebook has seen a sharp increase in fake accounts and elaborate scams, and sometimes it’s difficult to efficiently pinpoint real people online in 2018. One Maltese man, however, instantly sussed a scammer out and took the opportunity to turn the tables.
It all started with a typical dodgy friend request, but while this is where people normally ignore the potentially fake account, the Maltese man seized his opportunity. “I saw the friend request, the account instantly looked shady, so I jumped on it cause I was bored,” the man told Lovin Malta. “I had just watched a Joe Lycett video about something very similar, and I wanted to try it out myself.”
What followed was a beautiful, 15-part screenshot-series the man appropriately called Trolling a Scammer, detailing the entire exchange with two accounts belonging to apparent loan sharks.
The woman in question, a Sara Sossouvi, didn’t take long to get to the point, offering money from a Mr. Lionel Jean Boucher if the man has any “financial problem”. “Everybody has a financial problem Sara Sossouvi,” the Maltese man replied, as he expressed his disappointment that the whole thing wasn’t about “sex stuff”. While Sossouvi constantly mentioned her husband (who was supposedly in hospital at the time), the Maltese man pushed on, saying he’d rather meet her.
In a beautiful turn of events, the man became the scammer, bugging Sossouvi for “lots of secret sex”, and while he kept getting rejected because he was told her husband, children, and sister-in-law would be there at the hospital with her, he persisted. When he asked which hospital she was in to try and fish out the fake account but got “Saint James” as a reply, the man instantly fired back with, “Ok, I’m coming there right now. I’ll keep you company while he is in surgery.”
Sossouvi might’ve replied by saying her husband wouldn’t appreciate her being with another man, but the Maltese man was ready with a “but he will be unconscious, he will not know, he’ll be asleep, come on.”
Amazingly, the man held his own all throughout the conversation, and it seemed like, for the first time ever, a scammer was getting annoyed at the whole thing and was close to blocking him. It was at this point that Sossouvi directed him to Mr. Lionel Jean Boucher himself, the “great sir” who was supposedly ready to lend anyone loads of money.
Things got even funnier when the man moved to Boucher, who opened with offering anything from €5,000 to €2,000,000. What the Maltese man wanted, however, was €27. When the loan shark seemed taken by surprise at the small amount, the Maltese man even offered a helpful translation to French. “My French teacher told me that if I immerse myself in a language, it will be easier to learn”.
The conversation with Boucher took even less time, especially when he informed the man that €27 is an impossibly small amount for him to lend him. “I want to buy bread, butter milk, and a Netflix subscription,” the man replied in French. And while he did seem to make Mr. Boucher laugh for a brief second, the loan shark did end up losing his temper and abruptly ending the conversation.
“Then, I went back to try and fix thing between me and Sara and I had a very unfruitful conversation,” the man said. “This tale of digital romantic love does not end very well.”
This time, the conversation with Sossouvi was even shorted, and it actually ended with the spam account unfriending and blocking the man. Since that resulted in her replies being unavailable for screenshots, the Maltese man shared the conversation, re-writing her replies from memory.
“Can we meet for boring, sex-less coffee?” the man asked, trying to fix the relationship with what he hilariously called “that delicate queen, temptress of both the flesh and unwise wealth investments”. Sossouvi wouldn’t have any more of it, even though the man asked her for €27 instead. “This is not about sex anymore, this is serious now, all I want is coffee,” the man said, hilariously sounding like a spam account himself and giving Sossouvi a taste of her own medicine.
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