Quite a lot of time I have set my Skype in SkypeMe! mode, for those of you unfamiliar with Skype it is a way of making yourself available to anyone else that also use skype. Being in SkypeMe! mode is good way of making new friends at random, but it also have darker side in the shape of the occasional oddball it attracts. Like a user calling himself nakkeddriver that messaged me a while ago, after a quick look at his profile where he described his hobby of masturbarting in public places and engaging in casual sex with truckdrivers I quickly decided that he was not the type of person I'd like to have a conversation with. Well, actually his username alone was enough for me to reach that decision. Apart from the oddballs, you will also receive the occasional message with a link to some dodgy site, or even a 419 letter
, all the fun I could have had with that one had I not instinctively blocked the sender right away.
The latest fraudster to contact me was yount
She initiated her contact by requesting me to add her as contact with an amatuerish promotional text offering cheap electronics with a link to http://www.eoyunt.com/index.asp
. Now, this slightly differed from the normal scammer approach of just sending you a URL as a normal message. Which made me realize that I could have a bit of fun while reading my news online, so I started a conversation with yount. Our conversation went as follows, my comments to our conversation is in dark blue.
[18:42:05] Robin Eriksson says: I'm not in a habit of sharing my details with people that are not corteous enough to at least say hiJust like I would not give my phonenumber to a stranger coming out of the blue saying "Gimme your phonenumber.
[18:42:50] yount says: Are you very busy?
[18:42:58] Robin Eriksson says: not reallyI'm just reading the news and plan to have a bit of fun taking the piss out of you at the same time.
[18:43:50] yount says: You be the wrong electronics product interested in?Of course I'm interested in the wrong electronics, only insane people are interested in the right ones
[18:45:11] Robin Eriksson says: The only electronics products I'm interested in are computer stuff and for those I get a very good discount through my company
[18:45:58] yount says: That is very good
[18:46:13] Robin Eriksson says: yup
[18:46:15] yount says: I is the company that you recommend us
[18:46:19] yount says: www.eoyunt.com
[18:46:59] yount says: If you joined it, you will have good price to purchase what you want Did I not just say that I get very good discounts thru my company? Duh!(In the hope of finding some ammo for later use I use the fraud check in Opera to see if the site has been listed as fraudulent, but It's not listed as fraudulent nor verified by a third party as trusted)
[18:50:42] Robin Eriksson says: Possible, then again it has not been verified as secure/trusted by any trusted third party such as TrustWatch or Phishtank or a known certificate publisher.
[18:50:51] Robin Eriksson says: so....
[18:52:32] yount says: Not understandWhyyyyy did I see that one coming?
[18:53:20] Robin Eriksson says: I am saying that there is no way for me to verify whether it is a honest business or a scam.
[18:53:30] Robin Eriksson says: nothing personalHey! she is very pretty
[18:54:50] yount says: We are a regular companies, please trust to purchaseSure, just like I would trust a complete stranger to watch my wallet while I go to work.
[18:55:35] Robin Eriksson says: not from a site that isn't secure
[18:59:08] yount says: We are a regular companies, many people all purchase the product of our company, and you have to believe usSure, just as I would trust that stranger person to meet me with my wallet outside work when I finish.
[19:02:47] Robin Eriksson says: Not without at the very least having seen a copy of your company registration and had it verified by the local authorities in Haidan
[19:03:30] Robin Eriksson says: unless you ship on POD terms of coursePOD=Payment On Delivery which is a term is commonly used in the freight industry. POD basically means that if the delivered goods isn't what it is supposed to be you don't pay for it.
[19:04:29] yount says: Our affirmation wants to deliver the goods to you of nation Go ahead,just don't expect to deliver any to me. By the way, who is your affirmation?
[19:07:27] Robin Eriksson says: Sure and google delivers quite interesting search results http://blogs.ebay.com/duosimcard/entry/www-Online-ElecShop-com-China-Scam-Company/_W0QQidZ178488018
[19:09:21] yount says:
[19:09:44] Robin Eriksson says: your company is featured on that link
[19:11:14] yount says:what?
[19:11:43] Robin Eriksson says: did you click the link I gave you?She's now silent for a long time, so I figure it's time to change the direction of the conversation a bit.
[19:17:36] Robin Eriksson says: heh! your picture reminds me a bit of my ex-wifeShe really does.
[19:19:55] yount says: Do you have to purchase our productsNo I don't have to, nor will I since I'm not a sucker.
[19:21:52] Robin Eriksson says: I'll consider it, but first you have to send me a larger picture fo yourself, I just want to make sure you're not my ex-wife.Nothing bad intended about my ex-wife, though we are not on the best of terms I would trust here with money, really.
[19:23:27] yount says: ca ni ma de kao
[19:23:32] yount says: gun aI have no idea what she said there, although it do resemble a cantonse insult suggesting you to perform sexual acts with your mother. It sure is close enough to be the Mandarin version of it. Whatever the case, at this point yount decided to go offline.
Thank you yount for making my day. I still would like that picture though, so don't be surprised if you find a request for it in your hotmail inbox email@example.com and quite possibly spam originating from bots having picked up your email address that I so sloppily posted in plain text here. Sorry about that.