How many times have your parents called you about their new friendship with a Nigerian prince, or to see if you really are stranded in Sweden? The Internet scam is almost as old as the Internet itself, and it's still going strong. Recently, James Stanley from Gateshead, England, was messaged by a rando asking to send money for a new phone, and he ended up making his own masterpiece.
Stanley ended up stringing the foreign scammer along, and it's a master class in how the troller can soon become the trollee. He posted the exchange as a comprehensive 40-picture journey through their love story.
In the beginning, Stanley wasted no time showing off his trolling skills, which also tested the scammer's proficiency in the English language:
After the back and forth and the selfie, Leah from Philippines finally cut to the chase:
Stanley's first attempt to call her bluff: offering to walk the phone to her.
Leah from Philippines didn't catch on to the trollery and kept asking about the wire.
But then she started to call him on his bluff.
Like many great stories, this one ends ambiguously, with Leah from Philippines still thinking James is sending her the money, and trying to rekindle the romance.
And the story ends there (for now). Time will tell if Leah from Philippines joins James and the Giant Peach to become his fifth wife aboard the Death Star.