A 22-year-old Irish student got the better of an online scammer tricking him into giving away money to charity.
An Irish student had the last laugh after he scammed an online fraudster into donating to charity.
University of Limerick student Ross Walsh, originally from Co Kilkenny, managed to scam money from the internet scammer after receiving an email looking for an investment into a business prospect.
This is the third time that Walsh has been able to win the upper hand, having the fraudsters transfer money into his own bank account before he donates the money himself.
And the best part of the whole reverse scam is that Walsh even managed to convince the scam artist to use hurling terminology in his emails, spinning it as a secret code so they wouldn’t be caught.
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“I want to waste their time so they’re not wasting anyone else’s time,” Walsh said.
It all began when Walsh received an email from a man named “Solomon Gundi,” who claimed he was a “big business banker” and asked for a £1,000 investment in his stock trading business.
“I told him this was very interesting, but that I thought £1,000 was an insult and that I wanted to give £50,000,” Walsh said.
“Then I sent him a doctored picture of the transaction for £50,000 and he replied straight away.
“He said that he hadn’t got the money in his account yet.”
Walsh then told him that the bank may think it was a scam as it was a once-off large transaction and encouraged “Solomon Gundi” to send him a small sum in return so that the bank would not be as suspicious.
He then said that they should speak in code so they wouldn’t be caught and have to pay taxes, encouraging his new “business partner” to use hurling terms such as “high ball,” short puck out,” “county final” and “the square” in his emails.
“I said they don’t want to release the funds unless they see a small sum of money going from his account to my account just to prove this isn’t a scam,” said Walsh.
“He fell for it then.”
“Solomon I want to give you some advice,” Walsh wrote once the scammer’s money was in his account.
“One thing you need to understand about county final is never trust a short puck out.”
The Solomun Gundi account has since been shut down.
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