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When a text spammer offered me a job, I said yes. Here’s what happened next

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Emma — at least, that’s what she calls herself — is quick to respond and keen to answer my questions. But she gets defensive when I press her on where she got my phone number. 

“I think our company’s recruitment team found you through big data,” she says in a WhatsApp message, her profile photo showing a carefree woman in sunglasses and Chanel earrings. She’s less breezy when pressed to explain what it means to have been tracked down by “big data.”

Recruiter

Are you still continuing this job?

Recruiter

No one forces you to do it

Alex Boyd

Well that’s good

Recruiter

Bye-Bye

Alex Boyd

I didn’t make the cut?

Recruiter

You are not suitable for this job

Alex Boyd

Why?

Recruiter

It seems to me that you are not looking for a job.

Alex Boyd

Do most people sign up after a couple of texts?

HOOK

LINE

Coach

The price of this product is 1680 USDT

Alex Boyd a.k.a. ‘Shawn’

What is the product?

Coach

If you don’t even know this, then I suggest you don’t continue this job.

Alex Boyd a.k.a. ‘Shawn’

How much would I have to top up to do this task?

Coach

2000000000000USDT

Alex Boyd a.k.a. ‘Shawn’

What?

SINKER

Coach

You can log in to your ticket purchase account to see how much you have earned

Alex Boyd a.k.a. ‘Shawn’

I just have to run an errand but will do it soon

Coach

OK

Coach

Are you done with your work?

Coach

Have you ever looked at how much money you have in your work account?

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