When buying things online, especially from places like Craigslist, you don’t have any buyer protection. If you get scammed, you are out of luck. Edd Joseph in the UK got scammed when he attempted to purchase a PS3 from someone who posted the ad on Gumtree.
The console was priced at £80 and Edd paid the seller by direct bank deposit. He tried the police who, but they told him that there was not much chance of catching the scammer, while Gumtree said that bank transfers were against the site’s T&C to begin with. That stinks. But Edd got revenge. According to Edd, “I was really annoyed and I was trying to think of ways of being more in the position of power because I felt so helpless about it. My first thought was that I could try and pretend I had found out where he lived but it was all a bit of a cliche and it wasn’t going to worry him really.”
So Edd came up with a unique plan that involved spamming the seller with text messages. Messages of plays from Shakespeare. So far Edd has sent the scammer 22 plays which include Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello which amounted to about 17,424 texts in total which costs him nothing as he is on O2’s unlimited text and calls package. Of course the scammer is not very happy about this and has been trying to contact Edd by calling him and abusing him on the phone, although that did nothing to stop the texts from hitting his phone all day and night. Edd says, “I’m going to keep doing it. If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it.”
Good move Edd. At least you have some revenge.