'Scammed a Scammer': Internet Relishes Trickery Against Would-Be Thief

Commenters were delighted after one man revealed how he flipped the script on a careless Cash App scammer.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/pettyrevenge, Redditor u/Duke_Devlin_Official (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said he was contacted by a stranger demanding money before a bit of quick thinking left the would-be scammer down $159.

"I was contacted by an obvious scammer the other day," OP began. "They asked for $160 and I went along with it."

Explaining that the scammer sent along their Cash App username, to which he was supposed to send $160, the original poster said he sent only $1 to lull the thief into believing he was incompetent. Then, his counterplan was in play.

"They were all like, 'lolol wrong amount but I got the dollar you sent, you can send me $159 and it will still be fine,'" OP wrote. "So I typed in $159 on Cashapp then pressed 'Request' instead of 'Send.'"

"[I'm] pretty sure they didn't read it," OP continued. "They definitely just clicked 'accept' instead of 'decline' and I proceeded to block the lowlife scammer $159 richer."

Titled, "I scammed a Scammer," the viral post has received more than 11,500 upvotes in the last day.

Cash App, a peer-to-peer payment service owned by Block, Inc., boasts more than 44 million monthly active users, according to Business of Apps. Cash App is nearly as large as Venmo, PayPal's equivalent peer-to-peer service, despite being launched four years later, in 2013, investing advice company The Motley Fool reports.

But like Venmo and other digital wiring services, Cash App is rife with scammers attempting to deceive unknowing users out of varying amounts of money and lining their pockets in the process.

As phony sweepstakes and bogus internet giveaways are pushed farther towards the wayside, an increasing number of peer-to-peer payment scams have arisen.

Ranging from thieves digitally disguised as customer service representatives to fake coronavirus programs and a handful of get-rich-quick schemes, lifestyle magazine Parade reports that Cash App scams often arrive via text message or email and bait users into transferring funds through coercion and, in some cases, emotional manipulation.

Despite an entire page on the Cash App website dedicated to preventing scams—which provides simple advice like only sending payments to trusted recipients and double-checking all recipient information—a majority of these scams prey on users too preoccupied to properly vet sources.

If a user is too busy or too trusting to verify who they're communicating with, there's the chance that they won't notice they've sent money to a stranger. And if they never notice they sent money to a stranger, the scam keeps on rolling.

What some scammers fail to take into account, however, are shrewd users well-versed in fending off would-be thieves, and even more sly users willing to fight back against scammers after their hard earned money.

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Members of Reddit's r/pettyrevenge forum commended one user who explained how he turned the tables on a would-be scammer. Tero Vesalainen/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, commenters applauded the original poster for his table-turning tactics and shared their own experiences dealing with internet scammers.

"Well now I can't wait for a scammer to ask me for money," Redditor u/International-Homework-32 wrote in the post's top comment, which has received nearly 3,000 votes.

"Like winning the lottery with a 1 dollar ticket," another Redditor chimed in. "Well done!"

Redditor u/AdhesivenessCivil581, whose comment has received more than 1,600 votes, recounted a story similar to the original poster's.

"Nice," they wrote. "I had a friend who strung along a scammer forever, just for the fun of it, until he finally got the guy to send him $5.00."

"All about the long game," Redditor u/SLAB_K1NG applauded.

Newsweek reached out to u/Duke_Devlin_Official for comment.