Every few days now I get another one of those weird spam messages - sometimes via text, sometimes via WhatsApp, and every once in a while via some other platform. You know, the ones where they pretend to have accidentally contacted you instead of someone else, and then ask if they can be your friend, or some offspring of this idea.
They're easy to ignore. But the truth of the matter is that the spammers are looking for vulnerable people to take advantage of, and these messages are their opening salvos.
I've taken to interacting with these messages, with the hope that the spammers will realize that we're on to them. Truth be told, they're probably just some AI spewing out sentences. But in any case, let's have a little fun.
Done right, a single line can kill the conversation immediately.
↑ They didn't want to be best friends
↑ Also useful for spam phone calls
↑ I guess they didn't
↑ No, I didn't
And, if you're lucky enough, you can actually break through to the person spamming you.
↑ "You are sick"
↑ "You are really kidding LoL"
↑ "Your fear of Naha will drink you to death"
↑ They actually felt bad for me
↑ Sparta what is your code
↑ I'm not Karen
↑ Stops them every time
↑ My missing twin
↑ $1000 total
↑ Ah, Sandy
What's the deal with all those weird wrong-number texts? - Max Read, on Substack
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