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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?

Anyone?

Troid!

16 thoughts on “Scammell

  1. Ms Piggy

    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?

    1. Cian

      Pretty much. Likely got the translation done by a human on somewhere like fiver also, hence the correct grammar

    2. NotTheBogeyMan

      Yep. Scammer looks to Ireland for a campaign. Figures that in Ireland, Irish is spoken. Fail

  2. classter

    Because, they hope you won’t expect a scam done as Gaeilge & you’ll click the link.
    Obv.

  3. Fiach

    Gaeilgeoir mispells Gaeilgeoir, after complimenting scammer’s Irish grammar.
    What’s the Irish for “Inception”?

    1. classter

      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.

      1. Kieran NYC

        “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 :)

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