Student gets email scammer to send him money |

Student gets email scammer to send him money

Chris Pastrick

A 22-year-old from Ireland has managed to do the miraculous: Getting an email scammer to give him money.

And, according to a story in the Irish Times, it’s not the first time that Ross Walsh has done it. Twice before, the University of Limerick student has managed to scam a scammer into giving him cash.

This time out, the Times reported, Walsh was emailed by someone identifying himself as Solomon Gundi.

Solomon — the obviously not-so-wise — said in the email he was a “big business leader looking to go into business with fellow enthusiastic businessman. I want you to invest £1,000 ($1,200) in my company for exchange for half business.”

The business was trading stocks, and Solomon wanted Walsh to send the money to his PayPal account. In exchange, Solomon would invest the money and bring a big return.


Well, Walsh knew just what to do.

The Times reports the young man replied saying, “Delighted to receive your intriguing business proposal. As you know I’m a very enthusiastic businessman and think £1,000 is an insult. I have attached proof of payment of £50,000 ($61,700) to get the ball running. One thing you need to understand about doing business in Europe is we do things BIG. Please get back to me ASAP to discuss our next move.”

“Then I sent him a doctored picture of the transaction for £50,000 and he replied straight away,” Walsh told BBC News. “He said that he hadn’t got the money in his account yet.”

Walsh was prepared. He told Solomon that his bank had put a freeze on the transaction, fearing it was a scam.

“I have had this problem many times before,” Walsh wrote back, “and it is an easy fix. … In order to unfreeze the assets they need to see a small sum of money going from your account to mine to prove this isn’t a scam. The last time £25 ($30) worked.”

Well, Solomon fell for it, the Times and BBC report, transferring the money into Walsh’s account.


And, best of all, Walsh donated the money to the Irish Cancer Society.


On his Instagram post of the transactions, Walsh wrote, “Like the last 2 times I wanted to waste their time so they don’t waste anyone else’s or before they prey on a vulnerable person. This is my largest haul to date a whopping £25.”

Here’s hoping that Walsh keeps at it.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: World
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.