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My Response to Scammers

Have you ever received an email, and more recently texts, like the following?

“Hello, This is Christopher M, i will like to know if you are available for Dance Training then do you accept all major credit card for payment….Thanks i waits your response back asap.”

The typos and weird grammar are the first clue, same as the old Nigerian email scam, that something is not right. The second clue is lack of details whatsoever.

“Hello….My name is Susana i will like to know if you are available for dance class then do you accept all major credit card for payment, Thanks I waits your response back asap.”

Starting to see a pattern?

“Hello how are you doing today? This is David Rick i will like to know if you are the owner or manager and are you available for Cuban dance lesson? and do you accept credit card for payment? kindly get back to me as soon as possible.”

Congratulations! You have arrived!

“Hello,this is Mr Mathew.I got your information online for dance classes.I’m organizing a surprise dance (likeflashmob) for my daughter’s wedding,so i want you to teach the Bridesmaids choreography.let me know if you do this”

Okay, getting more creative.

“Hi am mark johnson, i will like to know if you are available for Dancing Classes and do you accept credit card?”

Not even trying here. It’s like, “I know you know I’m scamming, but my boss is watching.”

“Hello this is Mr Barry.i like to know if you available for dance classes?Thanks.”

Obviously bored. With himself.

“Hi, Pamela Jones. I got your information online for dance classes. I’m organizing a surprise dance (lik flash mob) for my daughter’s wedding, So i want you to teach the Bridesmaids choreography. Let me know if you can do this?”

Good effort. Cleaned up the grammar, capitalization and punctuation. I almost believed you were real. And I’m not Pamela Jones. Oh wait, is that you? Very confused right now.

“Hello this Charles Edward I’ll like to know if you are available for dance lesson”

And what if I am? You’ll pay me lots of extra money in a cashier’s check due to weird excuses, that will later bounce, AFTER I have reimbursed you with real funds? Not today, buddy. Not today.

“You are eligible to receive a cashier check of $765,500.00 from UN-Habitat. contact, parcel47@outlook.com

There you go. That’s all there is to it! Just contact parcel47 right now!  Now I can’t get username ladiesman217 out of my head.

“Hello,this Mr James.I got your information online for dance classes.I’m organizing a surprise dance (like flashbob) for my daughter’s wedding,So i want you to teach the Bridesmaids choreography. Let me know if you can do this.”

THE Bridesmaids choreography?!? Yes, of course I can do this!

I have never actually responded to any of these scammers.  Today, for first time I decided to respond. I wanted to express my disapproval and let them know I am on to them without engaging them further. I felt no creative effort on my part was necessary or even deserved. Why bother, right? So I just started tapping the letters on my phone and let autocorrect do the rest.

Though I am certain no one noticed or cared, it was quite satisfying and hilarious.

 

 I hope this catches on. Have fun.

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Belly Dance Teachers as Activists and Cultural Ambassadors


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