This man completely trolled a Facebook scammer—and it’s hilarious

When Tom Sheerin got a Facebook message from someone claiming to be an employee of the platform and saying that he had won a brand new Jeep and $1.2 million, he decided to play along. Two hours of hilarity ensued.

Posted by Tom Sheerin on Sunday, July 22, 2018

The message came on Sunday from a Facebook user named Michael Austin who claimed to be passing a message along for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He told Sheerin that 10 lucky Facebook users had been picked by way of random selection to receive prize money totaling 1.2 million dollars as well as a Jeep that would be distributed by “Federal State Government.”

Tickled by the obvious hoax, Sheerin uploaded screenshots of the Messenger conversation for his Facebook friends to enjoy, Metro reports.

As if the exchange didn’t start out suspicious enough, Austin prompted Sheerin to follow rules and regulations to be granted his prize. Moments later, he sent a picture of the supposed cash and a clearly botched mockup of an assurance letter from Facebook.

Tom Sheerin/Facebook

The scammer’s next move was to propose a delivery fee of $500 in order for his winnings to be privately delivered. Sheerin’s reluctance to comply to the demands led to the two squandering on about Clarence the sick delivery man, Sheerin’s old friend Biff from school, and a juvenile drawing of a horse.

Tom Sheerin/Facebook

Needless to say, Sheerin’s quick wits helped him ultimately evade the scam. The back and forth game of “troll or be trolled” lasted for two hours, according to Metro.

H/T Metro

Onaje McDowelle

Onaje McDowelle

Onaje McDowelle is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. He is studying journalism and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has appeared in Austin Monthly magazine, GoodMusicAllDay, and Orange magazine.