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This gamer bought a PlayStation 5 from a scammer, but they took matters into their own hands, and the events that followed must be read to be believed.
Stocks of the PlayStation 5 are extremely scarce at the moment, and the console is flying off the shelves as soon as a new shipment arrives in stores. We've all felt the unhappy pang of FOMO in our hearts at one point or another, and people are being lured in with listings from second-hand sellers, only to be stung with a disappearing act after the money has changed hands. It looked like B, or @_BeeEv on Twitter, would suffer the same fate, but they fought back against these nasty tactics. Trust me, the story is a right rollercoaster, so ensure you're sitting comfortably and you've got a hot drink to sip occasionally in a knowing manner.
B explains that the seller seemed friendly enough, and they agreed that they would pay half of the money immediately and the other half when the console was delivered. But, the seller said that his daughter is ill and unexpected medical bills had arisen, and asked for the rest of the money for the PS5 before the console was shipped. B, who is chronically ill and disabled themselves, understood and complied, also asking for a photo of the receipt for the courier in order to confirm that the PS5 was on its way. "He says he'll send me the tracking number when it's sent to him and to text him on Tuesday if I don't hear from him. Cool. I'm super excited," relayed B in the Twitter thread.
When B messaged for an update, they discovered that the seller had blocked them across social media and blocked their number. Shocked, B spoke with their bank, but they explained that there was nothing they could do to help B. Yet, they weren't ready to back down. "I tell him he has until 9:30pm to run me my money or I'm taking legal action," they explained, and added that the seller saw these messages but still chose to block B again. Now, B put the pedal to the metal in their investigations to track down this scammer. They reverse-image searched the photo of the courier receipt, and eventually found the person's email address... as well as the email addresses of his family.
B made up a new email address and pretended to be a law firm, stating that the seller has committed "cyber crimes" and a civil suit is being filed against him, and sent it to him and his family. "Now clearly anyone with some sense would be able to tell this email was ridiculous and whoever wrote it has no idea what they're talking about lmao but nay nay, not he," said B. Several hours passed, and B had received text messages from the scammer's fiancée, and she's evidently very upset. B provided all of the communications between them and her fiancé, and he apparently had "used his daughter's disability and medical bills to scam [B]."
Despicable, right? The fiancée apologised for the man's actions, and said that she is going to split from him and take their child with her. Surprise surprise, the scammer finally contacted B after this bombshell, and requested that they "drop the charges" so he could refund the money. B refused, while also reading messages sent from his fiancée, who claimed that he told her the money had already gone. B told her the truth, and "not even 5 minutes later I got the notification that my request for $450 was completed."
With the news that scalpers have once more snapped up a lot of the PS5s in the UK, reading this thread is worth a snicker or two. Though it might be tempting to go for a second-hand seller of one of the new consoles, it'll almost always end in heartache. But, with B on our side, perhaps the scammers will think twice.
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