Today is National Tell a Joke Day, and while scammers are no joke, sometimes it’s fun to give them a test of their medicine by pranking them. Many victims fall for online scams on a daily basis that could leave them out of thousands of dollars. That’s why many people choose to get revenge when a scammer reaches out to them. They come up with creative pranks that fool scammers into wasting their time. In this article, we feature the top 5 pranks that are going around on the Internet which will show you how to prank a suspected scammer on National Tell a Joke Day.
How to Prank a Suspected Scammer on National Tell a Joke Day
#5: Create a Fake Illness on National Tell a Joke Day
A scammer posing as a gorgeous woman contacted a man, claiming that she could log into his bank account and give him more money. He sent her fake log-in details and security questions that were dirty and would make anyone laugh. She then said she couldn’t log in to his bank account until a business day and asked him for more log-in details of his other bank account. He claimed that she would have to wait for the log-in details since he was in the bathroom.
He claimed that he was having stomach issues due to drinking drain cleaner, and joked around stating that he thought it would help unclog his bowels. He then claimed that a doctor told him to “suck it up buttercup,” which the scammer took literally. She asked him if he sucked a buttercup to feel better, and the guy sent back gibberish acting as if he couldn’t type. The prank gets morbid from there, and the scammer eventually guesses that it’s a prank.
You can read the whole prank here.
DISCLAIMER: If you choose to read the prank this National Tell a Joke Day, please be advised that it does contain adult humor.
#4: Act Like You’re Not Good With Technology
A woman named Sara was contacted by someone claiming to be her friend, but the email address looked unfamiliar. She knew something was off from the first message, but decided to play along anyway. The supposed friend then claimed that she needed iTunes gift cards and desperately needed Sara’s help. However, Sara knew better and realized that this person was a scammer impersonating her friend. That’s when she decided to have some fun and prank the scammer.
She stated that she would give her the gift cards, but would feel more comfortable in person. She asked the scammer where they wanted to meet, and the scammer claimed they were too busy to meet up. The scammer kept insisting that Sara take a photo of the gift card and send it over to the scammer. Sara then insisted that she could just drop them by their house or at a meeting when she sees them next. The scammer wasn’t having it and asked her “Why all this” and to just send it via email.
Then Sara claimed that her phone was in the shop getting a battery replaced and had no way to take pictures. The scammer asked why she couldn’t use the computer and Sara acted like she wasn’t good with technology by claiming she doesn’t know if her computer had a camera. That’s when the scammer attempted to school her in how to use her computer, but Sara had more questions which frustrated the scammer. The scammer then asked her if she had anyone that could help her, and that’s when Sara pretended that her husband had no idea what he was doing. She then claims she doesn’t know what the dot on her computer does. She then said it’s safer to give it to the scammer in person anyways.
The scammer then started to get aggressive and wonders when she started acting this way and to stop overreacting. That’s when Sara googled gift card codes and sent a photo over to the scammer. She claims that she bought them from a nice man in front of Target. The scammer asks for more codes and Sara sends them the same photo over and over again. The scammer wonders why she’s sending fake codes and to “stop acting this way.” She then sent the scammer a screenshot of an FBI article about scams with a bunch of insults. The scammer called her an idiot, but we all know who the true idiot is for falling for this prank…
Read the rest of the prank here.
#3: Claim That Your Address is the Local Police Department
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A police captain from North Carolina received a scam call claiming that they were from the IRS. Instead of ignoring the phone number or hanging up on them, she decided to prank them over the phone. At first, she gives two different spellings of her last name claiming that it’s “Stephens” and then “Stevens.” The scammer then asks for social security verification and asks her to verify her home address, which she will not disclose at first.
The scammer then claims there are allegations against her from the IRS, treasury department, and narcotics. He then asks her to write his name and badge number down, which she does. Then, he asks if her home address on file is correct, which she claims it isn’t. She then gives him her supposed correct address, which happens to be the same address as the police office she works for. The scammer then asks for the last four digits of her social security number which she refuses to give out.
He then claims that a sheriff’s deputy is going to come and arrest her for money laundering and drug trafficking. The scammer states that because her social security number was used for drug trafficking, she will be arrested even though these are all lies. She then claims that she certainly didn’t share her social security number with a drug trafficker let alone with anyone. He then asks how many bank accounts she owns and she responds that it’s not appropriate to share that information with him. He then claims that someone will arrest her in 45 minutes.
She then asks to speak to his supervisor. As the call is transferring, she then states that the sheriff’s department isn’t going to get her and she’s pretty sure of that (as she’s wearing her police uniform). The supervisor then tries to ask how many bank accounts she has and she questions why she needs to hand over this information. He then claims he is trying to help her and lists the charges that she’s supposedly facing. She then states how that’s a lot better than the other “officer” was saying, and he hung up on her.
#2: Pretend to Be the CIA
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A Tik Tok video is going viral of a man who pretends to be the CIA each time a scammer calls him. Whenever he gets a scam call, he picks up the call and says, “Thank you for calling the CIA scam and fraud department. All of our agents are currently assisting other customers.”
“To further assist you, please hold while we download your incoming and outgoing call log to be analyzed against our known scam and fraud operations. An agent will be with you shortly.” After he is seen saying all of this, the scammer hangs up believing his story. The guy laughs and says “That’s what I thought,” accomplished that he defeated another scammer.
#1: Provide Them With Fake Gift Card Codes Using FUGiftCards.com
Social Catfish’s founder, David McClellan, received an Instagram message one day as he was celebrating his anniversary with his wife. The message stated that she was a CashApp flipper that would supposedly turn his $200 into $20,000 for him. Knowing this was a scam, he decided to play along and message the person back. He wasn’t comfortable sending them actual money, so he decided to redirect them to a site we made called fugiftcards.com.
Once he went on the website, he clicked on “Generate Code,” then typed in who the gift card is from and who he was sending it to. Then, he clicked the amount of money he wanted to give the scammer and selected how he wanted to send the code. He selected text code and received a copy-and-paste code that he was able to send to his scammer on Instagram. However, if you choose to email the code, you can also email the code directly to the scammer.
Once he did this, he instructed the scammer to go onto the same website he was just on. Then, he told them to enter the code into the search bar on the home page. Then, once they hit enter there was a button instructing them to continue. This played a video of our employees singing a song about scamming.
To listen to the song and to read the full conversation David and the scammer had, watch the video above. This is the ultimate way of knowing how to scam a scammer.
For more pranks, you can read our past April Fool’s Article as well.
Social Catfish is Here to Help You on National Tell a Joke Day!
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who might seem suspicious to you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the suspected person was that you’ve been in contact with if you’ve been wondering how to prank a suspected scammer on National Tell a Joke Day.