Conor O’Carroll writes:
Weird one, I got this text on viber today as Gaeilge directing me to a ‘rayban’ site that scamadvisor.com told me was dodgy.
But the use of the Irish language? Correct grammar and all (I’m a Gaelgóir myself) but why use Irish for scamming people?
Tabhair dom do credit card details agus I’ll tell you.
this isn’t unique, there was an email going round a couple of years ago claiming (in Irish) to be notice of a tax refund due from (allegedly) the Revenue Commissioners. I’ve always presumed that it’s meant to make the messages seem more convincing as ‘official’ communications?
People who speak Irish are easily fooled?
The simplest answer.
Scammers not knowing that we speak English?
Pretty much. Likely got the translation done by a human on somewhere like fiver also, hence the correct grammar
Yep. Scammer looks to Ireland for a campaign. Figures that in Ireland, Irish is spoken. Fail
Because, they hope you won’t expect a scam done as Gaeilge & you’ll click the link.
Gaeilgeoir mispells Gaeilgeoir, after complimenting scammer’s Irish grammar.
What’s the Irish for “Inception”?
I think he’s used an acceptable alternative spelling.
I hate the way anybody’s attempt to use any Irish is required to be absolutely perfect. Nobody ever picks me up on the many minor spelling & grammar mistakes I make when thumping out opinions as Bearla, Suppose it reflects the sad reality that most of us have learned our Irish (to whatever level) in school.
That’s a very good point, kudos!
“obody ever picks me up on the many minor spelling & grammar mistakes I make when thumping out opinions as Bearla”
Unless it’s on the internet… ha :)
“Díolacháin Ray Toirmeasc ar line”
Hello Google Translate.
Yeah because it’s only Asians and Russians who scam people on the internet.
Fidelma might call it attempted Schrape
It’s called social engineering. The sender knows that you are a Gaelgóir.
I just got this message