Surprising a YouTube Friend

 

 

Steph Cake

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Today has been a great day!  Almost two months ago, a YouTube friend commented on one of my videos that she was turning 50 on April 4th and had never had a party.  She also said she usually makes her own cake.  We chatted about it a bit and then I decided I was going to remember that date and throw her a surprise birthday party via video.  I really wanted to send her a cake too, but how?

I finally realized if I had a giveaway and made sure Steph won, she would need to give me her address to claim her prize, which would give me the ability to send her a cake!  I did so and after she emailed me, I was able to look her up on Facebook.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw she liked a bakery and it was close to her.  I emailed them to inquire about delivery and they said, “Hey!  I know Steph!”  And they were available to deliver.

When the cake was delivered this morning, Steph recognized the woman as someone she worked with over 5 years ago and was confused. “Who is this from?”  She said ,”Go watch YouTube.”  Steph knew there was something coming from me, but wasn’t expecting that.  As soon as I knew it was delivered, I published the video.

I worked many hours this past week or so planning, shopping, decorating, trying to get people to be a part of the video, making the video, editing the video, and changing characters multiple times so there would be more “people” telling fake memories of Steph. I had two friends in particular who came over for the party segment, which involved dancing.  They were such good sports and so much fun!

It turns out Steph told her husband last night that she didn’t want to make her cake, so he bought her one, but so did her daughter.  She ended up with three cakes!  She’s so deserving.  The one I chose is the one in the middle. It’s a “mirror cake”.  ”

I was so relieved that Steph loved the video.  I was pretty sure she would, but was a little nervous she wouldn’t like the attention.  It made her day, which made my day!  I love pulling off a surprise!

I hope you watch and enjoy!  It has really lifted my spirits having something positive to focus on.

 

My Scammer Soap Opera

As I mentioned earlier, I like to engage in “scambaiting” – where you fool a scammer into believing that you are a sucker and you waste as much of their time as possible to prevent them from moving on to a real victim or slow them down.  I think if enough people did it, it would make a huge impact.

People have been asking me what I’m going to do now that some of the IRS scammers have been arrested.  Oh, there are plenty more and I’m sure they’re just lying low at the moment.  Some of them are still active.  I learned that when they tell you you’re on a federally recorded line, they really are recording it.  Splendid!  This will make the investigators’ jobs so much easier and I hope they have a good laugh if they happen to run into one of my conversations with them.  I especially hope they hear the one where my kids and I were British for 96 minutes while causing the scammer to believe we were going to the store to purchase a “federal tax voucher”, aka iTunes gift cards.  You see, the store was 15 minutes away and then there was the usual trip to the bathroom.  Don’t worry, he wasn’t bored.  We sang annoying songs on the way there. (We just sat in our unmoving car and sang.)  YOU CAN’T RIDE IN MY RED WAGON! THE AXLE’S BROKEN AND THE WHEELS ARE DRAGGIN’!  SAME SONG! SAME VERSE! A LITTLE BIT LOUDER AND A LITTLE BIT WORSE!

This is my latest mischief.  A computer scammer called my mom and she wanted me to call and mess with them.  That number wasn’t working for me, so I located a working number and I’ve been messing with a particular scammer since Sept. 7th.   That’s almost 2 glorious months.  I haven’t talked to him on the phone in a long time though because I’m afraid I will laugh hysterically.  I just tell him I’ve been too upset to talk.

During our initial conversation, he tried to fix (gain remote access) to my computer for almost an hour.  I mean, just like he said, there was malware on it, so of course it would be acting up, right?  It must be really annoying to a computer scammer when they tell you your computer is broken and you respond that your computer is too broken for them to even do anything with it.

“Jack Williams” told me all sorts of ridiculous stuff about my IP address no longer being secure because of a broken driver.  He wanted me to go to helpme.net where he could gain remote access to my computer, but I employed all sorts of antics.  The computer told me I needed to insert the repair disk.  Then I suggested maybe we restart in safe mode.  When he told me to go to helpme.net, I told him, “The computer says that site isn’t available in safe mode.”  He can make up crap, so I can too, right?

At the end of that call, my friend came over to rehearse with me and I had to tell Jack (or was it his supervisor by then?) that my computer was too old and had too many issues to fix.  I would need to buy a new one.  That’s when he offered to give me a discount on security software for my new computer and he would even upload it for me.  Wow, how nice of him to offer to ruin my new computer.  I asked him repeatedly what their website was so I could shop for products and it was hilarious how he tried to get out of telling me.  “Oh, we have everything!”  It was even funnier when he started asking me if there was another computer in the house.  Nope.  “Is there a laptop?”  You see, amazingly he would be able to fix my broken driver by getting remote access to another computer.

I thought that would be the end.  The next day, Jack left a message asking if I got a new computer yet.  Nope.

He called the next day and I answered.  I explained that my husband Richard (not my husband’s real name) wouldn’t let me get a new computer.  He told me that it wasn’t like I used it for work – I mostly used it to goof around on YouTube.  Jack said he thought a computer was the “most important part of a person”, but I explained that we had many things to fix before we could replace it.

This man had invested a lot of time in me and he was determined to get something for his efforts.  This was when he suddenly took great interest in me and asked to be my Facebook friend.  He said that I make him laugh and that we should make each other laugh more.  He said, “Tell me your Facebook ID.”  I said, “How about you tell me your ID and then I’ll decide if I want to send you a Facebook request?”

So he gave me an email address that didn’t contain the name Jack Williams, but Ashwin.  He explained that his boss made them use fake names because Americans don’t like people from India.  I said that wasn’t true and that it didn’t make sense to use fake names because we can tell they’re from India.  “Oh, really?” The thing that amazes me the most is how good these scammers think they are at speaking English.  Anyway, he told me to look up his profile right that second using that email address.  I said, “I don’t have a working computer, remember?  He said, “What about your phone?”  “I don’t have a cell phone.”  He said, “You are a great lady!” sounding quite amused.

I told him I would need to go to the library to use the computer, but of course that didn’t happen for a while.  I had told him my name was Princess Buttercup and after trying and failing to make a fake Facebook account, I finally turned to Google Plus.  I knew that if I emailed Ashwin and that really was his gmail account, he would see my profile come up.

My cover photo says, “The most important thing in life is trusting everyone no matter what.”  What a delicious phrase to a scammer, right?

I finally emailed him, telling him I was at the library, but couldn’t find his profile.  I started to give out uncomfortable details about my life, making Richard sound a little more jerky by the day.  I confided in Ashwin that Richard’s friend Fred came over to fix the computer and he started rubbing my back.  After that, Fred was coming up with more excuses to come over while Richard was on his business trip in China.

Sure enough, Ashwin followed me on Google Plus and I had already started planting bizarre things.  How weird could things get before he decided maybe he didn’t want to be my friend after all?

Things got ten times more hilarious when I said I told Fred about him and he wanted to know his company’s website.  That’s when Ashwin claimed my imaginary friend had emailed him and called him a scammer.

Hey, Ashwin!  Fred is MY imaginary friend!  Of course, I was very upset with Fred.  I was so upset, I needed to confront him over email and cc Ashwin.  First I had to make a gmail account for Fred so that would be possible.  Then he was on Google Plus too.  After confronting him, he informed me (and Ashwin) that he had done no such thing, but that Ashwin was indeed a scammer, sent me a link to a news article about computer scams, and told me if I wouldn’t listen to him, maybe I would listen to Richard. He said I shouldn’t listen to Richard though because he wasn’t really in China on a business trip. He was in the Bahamas with his mistress!

Brytnie, the villainess we all love to hate in this story – she wrote back on Richard’s phone dying of laughter.  You won’t believe her evil doings.  To make things more interesting, one of my YouTube friends called Ashwin saying she was Brytnie and informed him that she was a 19-year-old stripper.  Of course, I had to write that into the story.  Brytnie is a horrible, horrible person.

Here are the current characters:

Princess
Fred Flint (who looks like Wesley from Princess Bride)
Richard (looks like Humperdinck)
Brytnie (you can only see her feet on the beach, but her later mug shot looks just like Keira Knightley)
Ethel (No profile, but she’s my feisty mother who beats people with umbrellas)
Ayma Moron (Looks like the “Mawwiage” guy from Princess Bride and was created by a YouTube friend)
Steve (Richard’s offended dad who shouts “INCONCEIVABLE!”
Charles Orchkatzelschwarf (Princess’s long lost father who needs money to come see her. Looks like Indigo Montoya)

There are more on the horizon.  I’m now managing six different fake accounts and it’s a little complicated, but exactly the laugh I need during a stressful time in my life.

If you watch through this playlist in order, you can enjoy the story Ashwin inspired and discover what his goal was.  What a little turd he is.  He will always hold a special place in my heart.  I’ll just tell you that no matter how hard things get in my fake life, Ashwin still has the nerve to ask for favors. When I called him, I never imagined it would evolve into this!  If you like my videos, don’t forget to subscribe!  🙂

 

 

 

The Thing Which Will Not Be Named In This Title

I’ve been working a lot on my YouTube channel and learning a lot, but I was most disturbed to encounter a world I had no idea about simply because I made a playlist called “Messing With Scammers”.  Apparently I need to change the name of this because just having the word “messing” in it caused other videos to be recommended to me that automatically started playing after one of my videos!

I reported one video, then another, and another.  But I couldn’t figure out how to report them without clicking on the videos!  I think that would maybe cause more of them to be recommended to me.  I don’t even know if they are against YouTube’s policies for sure, but it’s sick and wrong.  They are marked as being for adult audiences.  OK, does anyone know a way I could block anything that is for adults?

I don’t really want to draw attention to this, but am beyond livid that people would sexualize anything associated with babies.  Apparently there is a whole underworld of people who are into “diaper messing”.  Grown people who think it’s a turn on to put on a diaper and poop or watch other people do it.  Some of these deranged people wear adult size baby clothing.

That to me sends the message, “Since it’s not legal to abuse babies, let’s just pretend adults are babies.”

What next?  I don’t see how this is OK.  Also, no longer sitting in your own waste is a rite of passage, people!  And having to sit in your own waste again is not a thing to be celebrated.

I’m sick to death of perverts, as usual.  I never wanted to know this existed. I just felt like I should say something in case anyone thinks YouTube is a safe place to surf, especially for their children.

A Heart to Heart With a Scammer

I’ve made a few more videos where I waste the time of scammers, but what I wasn’t expecting was to be told by the fake IRS that I didn’t owe money.  Some of the scammers leave messages for people that they have a warrant out for their arrest and others don’t.  I think when I called this particular number the other day, they were one call center that doesn’t leave messages for people to call them back because they immediately said it “wasn’t possible” that I owed money.

If you don’t want to watch 20 minutes of conversation, here are the highlights (that I remember off the top of my head).  But it is pretty funny and I think you’ll be amused.  😀

The first guy told me to go celebrate.  “Go have a beer.”  I told him I didn’t drink beer.  I couldn’t really understand what he said next, but I think he told me to live a little or something.  I asked him, “How many people have you arrested today?”

I definitely thought he was going to hang up, but he transferred me to his “senior” who called himself “Jack Sparrow”.  Their “work day” was coming to a close soon, so it seemed they were just in the mood to play.  Or maybe they’ve made some notes that I’m the lady who calls and tells them I can’t pay the IRS because I spent my last $1,000 on marshmallows, or that I thought jail sounded like a nice vacation, and my most recent tactic – pretending I was on my way to Fred Meyer to pick up a voucher, but accidentally running over an old lady in my panicked state.  They emphasize a lot that if you hang up, you will go to jail for sure, so I wondered what they would say if I needed to call an ambulance.  The scammer said, “No.”  He said he would hold though while I applied first aid.  Maybe if my performance had been convincing enough?  I tell ya, next time I’m going all the way to the store.  It will be a long drive and I will sing all the way there.

This idea was based off of real events in which a panicked person got in a car accident and left the scene because he had been told he had one hour before he was going to jail.

Anyway, my conversation with “Jack Sparrow” was fascinating.  I didn’t yell at him – just asked him questions.  He told me about his piratey ways.  He’s a bit profane, so be forewarned.  I did notice though that his swearing decreased throughout our conversation.  He started saying “frickin'” instead of the F-bomb.  I think because I wasn’t swearing at him.

“Which scam are you running today?” I asked.

“Wouldn’t you feel better if you were doing honest work?  Something where you could make your mother proud?”

He told me Fridays they do the IRS scam.  I said, “And then Windows Computer on Mondays?”  He said, “No, only lame people do that scam.”  He added that it doesn’t make much money.  He laughed when I told him how angry I made one of those scammers.  He doesn’t take offense at scambaiters.  He flat out said that he’s a scammer.  Today he was being a “truthful scammer”.  He didn’t like my name because it wasn’t simple enough.  What’s not simple about Ivana Tinkle?

People scam for all sorts of reasons. In the US, we have plenty of opportunity, yet we still have scammers.  But this guy claimed that he was over a group of 20 disabled people who couldn’t get jobs.  He said they don’t exist to the Indian government.  He doesn’t have legs and claims he can’t get a real job.

Of course, I have no way of knowing if that’s true because he lies for a living, but he did say my number was sold to them a couple days ago and that I should change it soon because it was on a database and thousands of people have access to it.  I explained that the previous owners of the number had already ruined that for us and I was already accustomed to ignoring phone calls.  Plus he didn’t seem to understand that I love scam calls because if they’re talking to me, maybe I saved one vulnerable person.

He told me about other scams and said I can read about others on the FTC website.  I couldn’t help but crack up at this guy!  If it’s true that he can’t get a job because he’s disabled, I feel slightly bad for him.  I wish I still had neighbors from India because I would be asking them about how the disabled are treated there.

Jack also said he makes the final decision as to whether they’re going to follow through with ripping a person off.  He said if they have cancer, he’s not going to scam them.  Well, how kind!  He said mostly they rip off those between the ages of 25 to 40.  They justify it because most of them are working and they’re desperate not to go to jail because they’re just married, single moms, etc.  Obviously he has no clue that many of those people are drowning in debt.

I had a good laugh when I told him what a nightmare it is to get a hold of the real IRS and he laughed, saying he knew because he’s tried it and it takes 45 minutes.  I wonder why he was calling?  Trying to take some notes on how to be a more convincing IRS agent?

I said, “Why don’t you guys start a charity for all the people who don’t have any legs?”  He said, “People don’t have money here.”  I said, “There’s charities here.  Why don’t you say, ‘Hey. We work in a call center and we don’t have any legs.  Will you give us money?'”

When I asked him what time it is, he said it was almost 4:45am.  I said, “Wow.  You’re dedicated scammers to be up that early in the morning.”

Eventually I had to go do something more productive, bidding him farewell.  “Thank  you for the advice, Captain Jack Sparrow Scammer Man.”  Still no offense taken by him.  I told him I would call him back if I thought of any solutions to being discriminated against for his disability, but he said the number will most likely be changed and we’ll never talk again.

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