I swear, there is nothing worse than a good-for-nothin' scammer, am I right? It seems like they are all over the place these days hacking social media pages. Pretending to be friends and family members to trick you out of your hard-earned money. Some even impersonate celebrities and country music artists!

They'll send messages with generic communication until you start to ask questions and they no longer make sense. Heck no I'm not texting you a code or buying a gift card to send you for my distant relative stuck in Cuba! Or whatever crazy tale they try to tell.

I recently saw this hilarious correspondence of a man named Jeremy Roberts in Oklahoma who decided to take matters into his own hands when a scammer made a fake profile of his mother and contacted him on Facebook Messenger. The scammer REALLY wanted Jeremy to buy a $200 gift card to send to them, but Jeremy was busy trying to help his brother "Dave" survive a "demon possession." He actually enlisted the help of his brother to act out the events. Buckle up, it's a wild ride!

I was cracking up reading how the scammer seemed to become invested in the progress of the "exorcism."

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The post also reminded me of my friend Wes Johnson who lives here in Owensboro. For several years now, he has been communicating with various fake celebrity scam accounts on social media. He pretends that he really believes they are whoever they say they are and has hilarious conversations with them.

He was inspired after coming across a satirical article titled "How To Complement Jeremy Renner on Facebook" complete with a video tutorial.  Wes told me, "After doing this for a while, “Jeremy Renner” himself sent me a message on Instagram. He was out of the country and needed some help getting some money out of an account. He, of course, would compensate me for assisting him. I don’t have to tell you that this wasn’t really Jeremy Renner."

After that, he continued to look for scammers, troll them for laughs, get them shut down, and share the exchanges on the Instagram account @messagefailed2send.

Here is a little of his interaction with Alan Jackson

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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He gets sassy when Wes asks him to answer what the Chattahoochee gets hotter than. The real Alan Jackson would know!

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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"Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, and Kid Rock fan pages were next up on my good-natured trolling list. It was on Kid Rock’s page that I first noticed comments from pages named things like “Kid Rock Private” or “Kid Rock Fan Chat Page.” Each of those comments claimed to be Mr. Rock himself and urged other commentors to private message them. I gave it a try and the conversation that followed was quite hilarious; he, like fake Jeremy Renner before him, needed help with a money-related issue" Wes said.

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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Can you believe Garth didn't give her the birthday gift Wes got her?

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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So demanding!! Even new celebrities aren't safe from being impersonated by scammers. Apparently Oliver Anthony wants a new career path, but he seems a little confused.

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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I read this conversation with "Donald Trump" while working in the lobby at the radio station. It had me laughing so hard I was crying! He is "so busy with America!"

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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"Johnny Depp" asked Wes for money, but he also asked Wes to marry him! "Dave Grohl" told him that he could join the Foo Fighters for a small fee of $200. Would you believe "Denzel Washington" healed Wes' diabetes?

Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
Wes Johnson @messagefailed2send Instagram
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A lot of these are SO obviously fake it's a wonder anyone falls for them, but Wes has some words of wisdom to avoid becoming a victim of online scams.

"The best advice I can give to anyone worried about being scammed on social media is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s highly unlikely that a huge actor like Denzel Washington would be in the comments on his Facebook page asking his fans to private message them. They also don’t need your money, so, if you do find yourself chatting with a Judi Dench Private Fans Only Chat and they send you a link to a Google Hangout, do NOT click it. Even if you’re just trolling the scammers like I do. Clicking links is the first step to getting yourself in trouble. And, of course, NEVER give any information to someone online that you don’t know personally."

I highly recommend doing yourself a favor and taking some time to enjoy the @messagefailed2send Instagram account. Wes, keep up the good work, friend!

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