2 months ago I received a message in my WhatsApp from a Hong Kong phone number and it stated:
“Hello Peter. I have almost finished your project and let us discuss when you have time”.
I replied: I am not Peter. You must have got the wrong number.
She replied: I am sorry. My secretary must have written down the wrong phone number. I will correct it.
This must stop right now if it is legit. No. The next day she continued to message about how things are going, how is the weather in California, etc. I knew this was a scam but I wanted to play in her own game. I replied in a friendly manner. After 2 or 3 messages back and forth, she asked me if I am interested to buy cryptocurrency. I said I am very poor and I do not have money even to buy my food. The message from her stopped.
In the past 2 months I received 3 more WhatsApp messages bearing Chinese female names asking me how I am doing, I replied fine and you have the wrong number. Same message again – My secretary must have written down the wrong phone number. These 3 times I said I am very poor and can she loan me some money to buy food for my starving children.
She/they think they are intelligent. Don’t they realize they are contacting the same number with the same modus operandi – my secretary must have written down the wrong phone number.
Day before yesterday, I got a message. I reproduce the conversation below:
[10:51 AM, 3/16/2022] +1 (470) 499-4964: Long time no see. How are you?
[10:51 AM, 3/16/2022] Rajan: I am fine. Can you introduce yourself please?
[10:52 AM, 3/16/2022] +1 (470) 499-4964: I'm Lin Ziqi, don't you know me? Amir, what else do I need to introduce?
[10:53 AM, 3/16/2022] Rajan: I am not Amir. You must have the wrong person
[10:54 AM, 3/16/2022] +1 (470) 499-4964: Ahh it's embarrassing
[10:54 AM, 3/16/2022] +1 (470) 499-4964: Sorry, I may have added the wrong person, maybe my new assistant did a good job, maybe she saved the wrong number, hope you don't mind
[10:55 AM, 3/16/2022] Rajan: It is ok. But I want to tell you I am not interested in crypto currencies.
No more messages from her.