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Dec 30, 2020 - 9:45:04 PM
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56670 posts since 12/14/2005

E-mail sure looked like a scam, and the sender's address was nothing like the address my friend had, last time I heard from him, so, let's play Taunt The Scammer!


How are you? I need a favor from you.

I'm sorry for bothering you with this. I need to get an iTunes gift card for my Niece, it's her birthday today and I totally forgot. I can't do this now because I'm currently out of town with no means of getting this done. Can you get it from any store around you? I'll pay back as soon as I am back. kindly let me know if you can handle this. Please email me back as soon as possible.
Thank you.
(My reply)
Three  questions:
1. How MUCH?
2. Where do I mail it?
3. What was the name of the band you were in?

(CLUES: Dennis and I were in the same band, the GRUMPYSTILTSKYN JUG BAND, and while a scammer might not KNOW that, Dennis sure as hell would!)
His reply
Glad to hear back from you, I'm in gospel band. I'm sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused you I believe I'm not asking much from you, apologies. I really appreciate your help I promise to reimburse you back thanks. What I need is $500 iTunes gift cards $100 denominations each now. Also, you will remove the cards from the seal, then you will scratch the shaded area at the back of the cards to reveal the pins, then take a clear picture of the back showing the pins and have them sent to my email address so I can forward it to her. Remember to activate all the cards before leaving the store.
Thank you so much.
(Uh OH!! He didn't know about us Grumpies! Let's have some FUN!)
I am astounded to hear that you are able to play music at all, after your injury.
But, if you think it was Jesus who healed you, Gospel band makes perfect sense.
Got anything on Youtube?
Do you play at any specific church? When & where??
Would LOVE to mask up and hear what you're doing.

Should I put your niece's name on the cards?
And are they still  any good if I mail them with something scratched off?
Never did itune cards before.
( Hmm! No response. AND! There never was an injury! Well, let's raise some False Hopes in his thieving heart.)
It's after midnight, and I'm still waiting to hear back from you about what to do next.
Went to the store, bought the cards, scratched them off, came home, and waited for a message about where to mail them..
Had supper, Watched TV a while, decided to check my e-mail one last time before shutting everything down for the night.
Not a word from you.
And, considering how slow the mail is around the holidays, should I just drive over and leave them in her mailbox?
You didn't say if she's back with her folks, or living with her boyfriend, so I don't know WHICH place to take them.
This is  sad, that I couldn't actually get them to her on her exact birthday, but, hey, knowing that Uncle Dennis loves her, even after what she did, and wants to give her $500, will do a lot to mend the rift.
Just let me know.

(And that got a response! BY the WAY: I don't know if Real Dennis HAS any nieces, and I just made up a rift.)

Sorry for the late response. I told you earlier in my previous email that after scratching them off you will take a clear picture of the back showing the pins and have them sent to my email address so I can forward it to her.
Thank you so much.
(Hee hee! How pissed off can I make him feel, by pretending I don't know he's a scammer?)

Sorry to not have understood.
Did not read the entire message. I've always been a bit too eager to do Good Deeds for friends. Besides...
My good old flip phone does not take pictures.
Yeah, most folks would have thought that, by now, this old man would have got a really good whatever-is-hot, but, hey, I am happy living as the Flintstones did.
Yabba dabba dooo!

And now, it's not her birthday any more, so there's no rush to get them there ON her birthday.

Why don't you just stop by the house and pick them up when you're back in town?
Haven't seen you in a dang long time.
We can sit  an approved distance apart, with our COVID masks on, and you can tell me about your recovery from the injury.

(Imagine having some mark actually go GET $500 for you to steal, but, instead of him tossing it untraceably onto the Internet, you'll have to show up somewhere and you don't REALLY know his address, and he'll know it's not really you!

I seriously doubt this guy will contact me again.)

Dec 30, 2020 - 10:57:25 PM



2729 posts since 6/27/2013

Call your your state's attorney general's office and fill them in on the scam. They will have a specific email address for you to forward those emails (from him) to their office.

Dec 30, 2020 - 11:08:19 PM
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434 posts since 10/4/2018

My birthday is in June. But you can send me some gift cards today if you want, just to make sure I get them. No iTunes. Just some prepaid amex, citibank or visa would be nice. I wouldn't be comfortable if you sent more than $1000 though, so please send anywhere from $500-$1000. No photos necessary, just the card number and the security code. All my injuries are emotional so they won't negatively affect my playing, they may even help. Thanks Mike, you are a good friend.

Dec 31, 2020 - 2:46:24 AM



9372 posts since 7/1/2006

It's doubtful that your newfound friend is even in the U.S.

But this is hilarious! There are lots of YouTube channels devoted to this very thing, stringing out the scammers as long as possible. They're pretty entertaining.

And Mike, I've had a come-to-Jesus moment here, in that I just realized you and I are bestest buddies after all, and I'm going to help you out, spare you all the trouble. Just send me some money and I'll thank you for it. You're welcome.angel

Dec 31, 2020 - 6:36:07 AM



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..... It's off onto a tangent [not that that's unusual], but the first thing that popped into my my mind on reading the topic was Mike asking us:  "Okay, everybody grab yer banjos and let's sing [an altered version of]:"  "It's so nice to meet an old friend, and pass the time of day, and talk about the hometown.......etc."

Wishing y'all have a Good 2021............ gooder than 2020.

Dec 31, 2020 - 6:48:45 AM
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56670 posts since 12/14/2005

Frank! I do believe that you might have shown up in Burnsville NORTH Carolina, in October, for a meet-n-greet, had they not cancelled the Luthier's Festival.

OWEN! I am now trying NOT to get to work on a parody of Lightfoot's song, with lyrics like

"Did he mention the name of my jug band?
If he weren't IN  Grumpystiltskyns,
He's not Dennis, after all all!"

I cannot imagine 2021 CAN be worse than 2020,

But,  like Mel Brooks wrote

"Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst"

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