My chat with “Anna” the Replicant

I woke up early in the midst of an odd dream, one where I had gone underground looking for some strange creatures that weren’t quite human, more a mix of foxes and furry people who lived under the human world. I’d gone to bed too early and figured I’d get up before I went deeper into dreamland.

I initially had a bit of trouble finding my glasses. I finally found them using the flashlight on my iPhone. There was a message that had just come in on my phone, it was my old buddy Anna “Banana” Hamilton, blues singer extraordinaire, a good friend from way back.

Anna had showed up on Facebook Messenger recently, like many of my friends and my FB “friends,” I assumed she found it an easy-to-use alternative to text messaging via the phone system. The trouble is, in this case it was not the real Anna who I added as a contact via Messenger. It was a replicant. This morning I started out my day chatting with “Anna” without initially realizing who I was talking to.

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The real Anna Hamilton is a “working singer songwriter guitarist entertainer golfer” who has 521 “friends” in common with me.

The fake Anna? She’s from somewhere else…

“You know 11 of the same people on Messenger”

Here’s the text of our chat after a prelude of stats…
THU 2:54PM
Anna added you on Messenger.
FRI 6:47PM
You added Anna Hamilton on Messenger.
SAT 4:45AM (Note: I was not quite awake when she called.)
Anna Hamilton
Hey
How are you doing??
Bob
I’m good
Up early
Just had a strange experience
My glasses went missing
Weren’t on the night stand where I leave them
I looked all over the house
Anna Hamilton
I hope you have heard about the good news yet??
Bob
Then found them in a pile of clothes
Anna Hamilton
Oh really
Bob
That was good news
What’s your good news?
Anna Hamilton
I just wake up early and I think you will have heard the news already
Bob
I try not to wake my wife in the morning
I did look at headlines in my phone, didn’t see anything noteworthy
Anna Hamilton
The department of health and human service,they are helping the Youth, Retired and Disabled and Old in the society, i just benefited from the program also.i got a sum of $50,000 from them.
Bob
Really
???
Anna Hamilton
Have you been contacted yet??
Bob
Am I going to get some money if I ask for it?
Who do I contact ?
Anna Hamilton
Oh yeah you will surely get some money to
Bob
I could use some
And I can’t think of anyone that can use some extra money than you
Anna Hamilton
Anyway i think you should contact their claiming agent now on their text before the program closed so that you can also try your luck and see if you can get something good from them too. Do you know how to do that?
Bob
How?
Anna Hamilton
Here is the agent text number ### #### #### (number withheld for your safety)
Bob
I’m lucky to have a friend to help me
Anna Hamilton
Just text the agent and tell her you are here to claim your winnings from her and you will also be ask to pay for the delivery fee after claiming your winning money Ok
Bob
Ok.
Anna Hamilton
And make sure you don’t discuss this with anyone until you get your winnings from them OK
Bob
I’m going to tell all my friends, but first I’m going to tell all my friends that Anna’s Facebook account has been hacked.
Anna Hamilton
What did you mean by that I am the one talking to you hun

When the replicant called me “hun” it was the first time she/he/it went off script.

Bob
Do you understand that it’s very early where I am. I’m guessing you are far, far away, probably in Nigeria or maybe Russia, working a scam. Anna is a real friend of mine, someone I’ve known since before Facebook was around. Back then, if you were in this business you were probably impersonating African princes, or widows, or someone else who has a way for me to get money for nothing.
Bob
Who are you really? I’m curious.
Of course you might be Anna. Tell me something about yourself so I’ll know who is on the other side of this chat window.

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That’s me. Right now.
Send me a picture of yourself
Anna Hamilton
Oh yeah I understand you
But this is real me and I will like to talk to you more on my hangout mail
Bob
I’ve been through this before. Usually, it’s a new person, not someone who I actually know.
Anna Hamilton
So that I can explain things to you I don’t have a good self phone to take a self now ok
Bob
Do you have a few accounts you’re working? I’m fascinated about how this works.
If I call that number you gave me, who answers? Not you, someone you work for, right?
Anna Hamilton
The UPS men delivered the winning money to my door step
And I do see your name on the winning list ok
Bob
That’s great.
Anna Hamilton
You have to contact the agent now and also claim your winnings from her ok
Bob
OK, But it’s all false. You may not even be a human, just a clever bot.
Anna Hamilton
I am not a clever bot I am real believe me OK
I am just telling you this just because I want you to also get your winnings like I do get mine OK
Bob
Ok
Anna Hamilton
Just keep me posted when the agent reply you OK
Bob

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Can you see that?
Anna Hamilton
Oh yeah
I can see that of course
That is my profile
Bob
Do you understand whose page that is?
Anna Hamilton
Oh yeah I understand you
Seen by Anna Hamilton at 5:27am
Bob
This is not how I’d planned on starting my day.
Anna Hamilton
Oh why did you say that don’t you believe me
This is real and legit OK
Bob
Your name is not Anna. You are a made-up person working a scam. I call you a replicant, but that probably means little to you and is a personal joke. (Google that word if you’re curious.)

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You, or someone you work for, created this Messenger persona as an attempt to get me to call or text a phone number as the next step in the scam. I don’t know what happens if I take the next step and try to claim my “grant” or whatever. I’m curious, but not that curious. I’m a journalist and looking for a story. Your real story interests me. Who is the real “Anna”? Where are you? Are you male or female? Are you struggling to earn enough to eat, or doing alright scamming Americans, or maybe all over the world? Who are you really? I’ll probably never know.


Anna Hamilton
What did you mean by all this insult
Seen by Anna Hamilton at 5:49am
I am Anna Eureka California
Bob
I’m sorry if I offended you, but your scam is easy to see through.
Anna Hamilton
This where I do live OK
Bob
You stole Anna’s identification.
Anna Hamilton
What did you mean by that I am not a scam ok
Not I don’t ok
Bob
I know Anna, the real Anna.
Anna Hamilton
Oh really
I am the one of course

Bob
She will be intrigued by this, but she will hope none of her friends get ripped off by the scam.
Anna may even write a song about you. She’s a songwriter you know.
Anna Hamilton
If you don’t believe me it’s left to you hun
I am a song writer its me okay
Bob
I like that line. “It’s left to you hun.”
Anna Hamilton
OK cool
Seen by Anna Hamilton at 5:59am
Bob
What would you like to say to the real Anna?

Anna Hamilton

Seen by Anna Hamilton at 6:36am

What did you mean by that hun
Bob
I guess I was wondering what you might say to my friend Anna. Maybe you have another line for the song she will write for me, hun (I hope you don’t mind if I call you hun.)
I am a real person. You are not. If you don’t believe me it’s left to you hun

If you don’t believe me it’s left to you hun

If you don’t believe me it’s left to you hun

Take it from there Anna…

more to come later, including a bit about the dangers of giving info to replicants

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