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Man Keeps Facebook Scammer Occupied So Long They Forget What They're Doing

By Aimee Lutkin

There are still scammers on Facebook who want to do more than convince people the Earth is flat—they want your money. Or an iTunes gift card. Or for you wire them at Western Union. These direct cash scams must work occasionally or they would have died out long ago. 

But if you ever engage directly with one of these scammers, you'll be shocked that they ever fool anybody. A man named Tom Sheerin demonstrated just how easily led astray a scammer can be by chatting away with somebody who was trying to get £500 from him in exchange for a huge cash reward.

By the end, you may suspect that "Michael Austin" doesn't actually work for Facebook at all...