Man gets revenge on Facebook scammer by sending him ‘nasty teabag’ & brutal note
A man took revenge on Facebook scammers who tried to get a phone worth £1,000 for free.
Anthony Cooper was selling his nearly new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which he purchased for just under a grand, plus £400 in Amazon vouchers.
But the 36-year-old mechanic, from Flintshire, North East Wales, realised something was dodgy with the sale.
He wanted to exact revenge on the fraudsters, so decided to send them a box containing a “cheap and nasty” teabag.
In the box was the message: “Here’s a s**t teabag. Have a drink on me. I’m also posting this all over Facebook to make you famous.”
According to North Wales Live, Anthony threw in a couple of custard cream biscuits for good measure too.
Within 30 minutes of listing the phone online, Anthony was messaged by someone claiming to be the daughter of a kindly-looking older lady called Joan from County Durham.
He recalled: “Initially the messages seemed genuine.
“But then certain things started to sound strange and I grew suspicious it was some kind of scam.
“I thought I’d play along with it for a lark.”
After taking negotiations for the 'sale' to the WhatsApp messaging service, Anthony’s suspicions were confirmed when the buyer turned out to be male – and was based in London, 258 miles away.
When he Googled his phone number, the result revealed that the contact details had been linked with a series of other Facebook scams.
By now Anthony had hatched his plan to turn the tables on the scammers.
He revealed: “They insisted I video myself wrapping up and packaging the phone.
“Ironically, they were concerned about getting scammed and wanted to make sure I wasn’t sending a fake phone or something.
“So I filmed myself packaging the phone, then made up a separate box for the teabag.
“I added in a couple of biscuits to make the package feel heavier.”
After receiving a message the money had been paid – £550 plus £10 postage – Anthony dispatched his parcel.
Later, he was directed to an email purporting to be from NatWest.
This described how a technical difficulty was preventing the bank releasing the funds into his account.
He said: “Apparently the transaction was 99.9% complete but first I had to send £400 in Amazon vouchers to the buyer.
“The email looked genuine – it had the logo and everything.
"But it landed in my junk folder and by now I knew what they were up to.”
Anthony says the £3.20 cost of sending the fake parcel was “money well spent”.
His only regret was not being present to see the looks on the scammers’ faces when they opened the package.
He said: “If only there had been a camera in the box – I would loved to have been a fly on the wall when they opened it.”
Anthony hopes his ruse will alert others and prevent others falling prey to the same scam.
He added: “If by doing this I can stop one elderly lady from being scammed, it will have been worth it.”
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