Today I received a suggested post on my Facebook page. I have included a photo of the post as I didn’t want my mouse to go anywhere near it. To me, as a grizzled old scam-outer and grumpy old chap with time on his hands, it had SCAM written all over it. So powerful was the warning that I could feel myself getting angry before my down-scrolling had actually reached it.
Rather than join in the rants of the disillusioned commenters, I decided to send a private message to ‘Food Lover’ who had provided the Gateway to the scam. Here is an excerpt of the aforementioned…
Dear Food Lover,
May I first congratulate you on your choice of Facebook name. A lovely harmless and enticing title. However, the suggested post with which you have dirtied my own Facebook page, smelled more than a little fishy to me. A £500 Morrisons voucher for the over 50s? How nostalgic. This type of scam was one of the first scams to annoy Facebook 10 years ago. What’s up? Can’t think of anything new?
All scammers are the lowest of the low. But somehow, targeting the over 50s makes you a pond life arse ferret. Scammers are evolving, making some scams extremely difficult to spot. Your effort is rubbish. Did you ever listen at scamming school? Or did you fall for the online scamming course? Which in itself is probably a scam. Were you annoyed at being scammed? Is that what it is? Were you cross that you forked out £200 for twat all?
Your feeble attempt at scammery is so fraught with tell-tale signs, it makes me wonder if you are 12 and have never seen one before. Perhaps you would like me to point out some of your obvious errors. Tough, you’ll get no tips from me.
And on and on it went. Anyway, if you were wondering what gave it away, I’ll list 10 points to alert you. To be honest, it’s not rocket science so in the unlikely event that Food Lover gets to see this, it’s unlikely that he will learn much.
1) £500? Who the hell gives away £500 vouchers? You may get 10% off a tin off kidney beans but that’s about it.
2) Only for the over 50s? A tad discriminatory isn’t it?
3) Read through any comments from the dumbasses who have fallen for it. ‘It wont accept my phone number’. ‘The survey took me half an hour’. ‘Well, did I win?’. ‘I’ve developed a virus’. ‘My willy hurts’. ‘Ever since I did this, I keep getting phone calls from Insurance people’. ‘Morrisons only sell halal meat’ (bit off topic but there you are). Anyway, as a whole, these always give you a clue that something is amiss.
4) Google ‘Morrisons vouchers’ and you will soon find out that Morrisons are aware of the scam and denying any involvement (which I believe).
5) The link features what looks like an application protocol of http://gruponn.co.uk. This means nothing, leads nowhere and is obviously designed to confuse buggered old eyes into thinking it’s something to do with Groupon – that well known and trusted source of cheap wine (and apparently some other things).
6) The Facebook page for Food Lover is less than a month old. Facebook scammer’s pages rarely are. They nip on, try to scam and disappear again.
7) The profile picture is that of an awfully manky looking fry up.
8) The cover photo is, for some reason, that of the Mason’s Arms in Branscombe. I’m sure they would like to hear that their establishment has a connection to skulduggery. Nah can’t be bothered.
9) Maybe there were only 8 points.
10) Yep, there were 8.
Stay safe out there guys x