Have you ever responded to that scam artist just to see what happens? I did because I like wasting time and pissing people off.

I was contacted last Sunday by someone who wanted me to build a website…After 4 days of negotiation, Smith Cole explained his unique situation:

I'm not worried, you bastard.

I’m not worried, you bastard.

For about 30 texts, he insisted I pay his consultant via cash deposit instead of a check, but he finally relented, because it’s “company policy”.

scam a scammer

Yes, I’ll pay an extra $50 to make sure your “consultant” gets her money a couple days earlier.

I charged $5,700 to “his” credit card, and sent off a $3k check to his consultant (I didn’t really).

He wanted that tracking number like a fat kid wants butter.

He wanted that tracking number like a fat kid wants butter.

 

I did what any sane person would do. I tracked his IP Address, and handed it to the FBI.

I traced his IP back to a server regularly reported for malicious activity. And again, with the flipping tracking number.

I traced his IP back to a server regularly reported for malicious activity. And again, with the flipping tracking number.

 

Is it so bad that I was wondering why I was sending this money?

I don't get you either, dude.

I don’t get you either, dude.

 

Sorry, the mail must be late. Texas is súper busy with mail right now.

You prick.

You prick.

 

Are you trying to cancel the transaction that never happened?

It took him about 4 hours to come up with this.

It took him about 4 hours to come up with this.

 

He thought it gave him some leverage.

It's cute..how hard he tried.

It’s cute..how hard he tried.

 

So we move on to the next method of payment…

But earlier you said length of timeline didn't matter, just that she knew the timeline :(

But earlier you said length of timeline didn’t matter, just that she knew the timeline 🙁

I paid myself $400 for the WU fees, but the card was rejected…because it’s the weekend…on Friday at 2 in the afternoon.

Yes, now that you've explained it, I understand.

Yes, now that you’ve explained it, I understand.

 

Reluctantly, I give the  WU tracking number on his word that I’ll get paid for the fees. But, there’s a problem.

BUSTED!

BUSTED!

 

He was smart enough to check for a fake, so I sent him the receipt of the WU transaction.

I think the FBI is going to like this part.

I think the FBI is going to like this part.

 

I still don’t understand you either Smith, but that’s ok. We’re different people. You’re the kind that belongs in prison, which is why I gave your name, address, bank account information, and IP address to the FBI.

 

************************UPDATE************************

After a couple days of no contact, I sent him the same text he sent me when I wasn’t responding.

Texts are recorded, you can go back and look at them.

Texts are recorded, you can go back and look at them.

 

I just let him have it. Are you scamming me?

The nerve..he called me a scammer??

The nerve..he called me a scammer??

 

And the kicker.

You too, pal.

You too, pal.

 

If you, too, want to scam my web development company, you can find all the pertinent info at Ostmosis Labs.