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#1 Hum

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:24

Only in the UK would an internet scam lead to a whole lot of Shakespeare. Edd Joseph got his revenge on a scammer by texting him the complete works of Shakespeare. That's over 30,000 texts!

Edd bought a Playstation 3 on Gumtree, which is basically the Craigslist of England. $130 later, the console never arrived and Edd started plotting.

He told the Daily Mail that at first he thought about sending texts pretending he knew where the seller lived, but he found that to be too cliche.

So, he copied all of Macbeth, pasted it in a single text and sent it. Since his phone carrier breaks messages down to 160 character installments, that's about 1,000 texts. The scammer started replying with abusive messages, so Edd decided to send everything Shakespeare ever wrote. He saw this as "sharing a little bit of culture."

Edd has unlimited texting, but there's no word on the scammer's phone plan. Let's hope it's the same one, cause if not, that phone company's going to want a pound of flesh. Ah, Shakespeare humor.
 

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:27

This was on the front page a few days back

http://www.neowin.ne...f-playstation-3



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:39

Edd has unlimited texting, but there's no word on the scammer's phone plan

 

Seeing as it's the UK and we don't pay to receive texts...



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:51

Seeing as it's the UK and we don't pay to receive texts...

I would think after the first two messages he would have blocked the number, and the guy only thinks the other 29,998 text messages were received.  



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:57

Seeing as it's the UK and we don't pay to receive texts...

 

Who the hell pays to receive texts? 



#6 firey

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 17:00

Who the hell pays to receive texts? 

In Canada it used to be like a 2c fee or something.  10c -> 2c <- I think.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 17:11

isn't spam illegal?



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 17:21

isn't spam illegal?

even if it is... that would mean that the scammer would have to give up his information for a counter suit.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 17:55

Edd bought a Playstation 3 on Gumtree, which is basically the Craigslist of England.

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Err, no it isn't. Far from it in fact. Gumtree is a far more reputable classified ads service than Craigslist will ever be.

It was originally started up as "a classified ads website for Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans arriving in the city",

and is now "the UK’s number one classifieds site". Gumtree was acuired by eBay in 2005.

 

BTW ... The UK is not only England, but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 20:58


BTW ... The UK is not only England, but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well.

90% of the UK stories I read, are actually in England ;)

 

 

Who the hell pays to receive texts?

I am charged 1/3 of a minute, receiving and sending. :/



#11 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:54

Weird, my texts are free to send so long as my allowance isn't used to (500 I think)

completely free to receive.....



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:09

I am charged 1/3 of a minute, receiving and sending. :/

 

Wow, I've never heard of paying to receive texts, except when Im abroad etc. You could ruin somebody with that surely? Would it be a crime to text the complete works of Shakespeare to somebody knowing full well they'll pay to receive it all?



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 18:42

I am charged 1/3 of a minute, receiving and sending. :/

 

Sucks to be you. No one in the whole of the EU is dumb enough to let telco's get away with charging you to RECEIVE texts and calls.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 18:49

Dont mess with the Bard :laugh:



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 19:30

Wow, I've never heard of paying to receive texts, except when Im abroad etc. You could ruin somebody with that surely? Would it be a crime to text the complete works of Shakespeare to somebody knowing full well they'll pay to receive it all?

I don't actually get charged for received texts, unless I'm foolish enuff to open them. ;)