The Illuminati Scam
I Tried to Join the Illuminati and Got Scammed
The first message the Twitter user named Johnson Larry sent to me was pretty innocuous—the second one, not so much.
“Hello,” he initially wrote me before taking a brief pause. “Do you want to join Illuminati where we will be paying you the sum of $100,000 usd if yes get back to us now for more information.”
I, like we all would, responded in the affirmative that, hell yes, I would love to join the Illuminati.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to join the Illuminati? On top of joining the illustrious club of heavy hitters who run the world—like Beyoncé, Henry Kissinger, and the Queen—I would, apparently, be getting $100,000—in American dollars nonetheless!!! (Look, just getting paid in American dollars is a big deal for a Canadian.)
This was my ticket out of this hellhole, baby!
As our chat went on, I learned that Mr. Larry was the “Grand Master,” that it was his job to recruit people into the Illuminati, and that he had been in the group for 19 years or so. However, he wanted to take this conversation to WhatsApp—the official app of the secretive underworld.
Mr. Larry gave me a number to add on WhatsApp, which I quickly searched—turns out the Illuminati has some pretty shitty information security—and was able to find that the number was from Nigeria. This raised a few red flags that Mr. Larry might not be on the up and up.