Even thought it was clear this message was the lead-in to a swindle of some kind, I had to pause and admire the craft that went into its composition. Like everyone else, I get scam text come-ons pretty frequently, and they’re always poorly pitched and low-energy. In contrast, this text opened up a rich world, animated by detail and alive with mystery. I didn’t care about packages missing their intended destinations, or Bitcoin investing advice, or whatever scammers usually texted me about, but I was interested in Tony: How many charity galas did he go to, anyway? And why hadn’t he seen his/my unknown interlocutor in such a long time? Before I reported the number to WhatsApp, I took a screenshot of the message to better remember it.[…]
There’s something to be written about here, Mark texted. What is the deal with these texts? Why do they sound like that? Who is sending them?
I rarely get spam messages, and I’ve never seen messages like these before. There is some real craft going on here, even if the goal is malicious. I have to admire the thought that goes into these.
Side note : I rarely had spam calls or messages until I moved from the UK to the US. Now I get multiple of each every day.
C’mon… we are in 2022, we know the world we live in, only a retard can trust or follow a serious chat with a strange that insists in that mood of conversation. I see cases like these every week on the news, it’s time for some people to open their eyes and assimilate some knowledge by brute force, or pay the consequences, that I think in he vast majority of cases are deserved.
Spam calls and texts in the US are absolutely ridiculous. The calls about your “warranty about to expire”, scary texts that someone did something and you need to click the link, the voicemails from what sounds like a chinese lady speaking chinese at 1000mph from a sweat-factory floor, the fucking political spam begging for money, the “is the owner of the house there”, and the list goes on and on and on… And what do regulators and politicians do to stop it? Absolutely nothing.
Crossing the street without using a crosswalk when there’s no cars in sight is a crime, but you can spam the living hell out of people’s phones, texts, emails, and mailboxes, and that’s all good. It’s beyond stupid.