Hoaxes & Pranks

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Pranked by Russians.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has in the last year become something of a congressional point man for President Donald Trump’s negotiations with Turkey, leading discussions on everything from Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system over the summer to their more recent incursion into northern Syria.

So when he received a call from a man he thought was Turkey’s minister of defense earlier in August, it didn’t strike him as unusual. “Thank you so much for calling me, Mr. Minister,” Graham said. “I want to make this a win-win, if we can.”

But it wasn’t the Turkish defense minister at all. Instead, it was Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, Russian pranksters with suspected ties to the country’s intelligence services who go by “Lexus and Vovan.” The duo have become notorious in recent years for their cold calls to unwitting, high-profile Western politicians, including Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, leading some to suspect that they’ve had help from the Kremlin, according to The Guardian. (A Schiff spokesman said at the time that the House Intelligence Committee “informed appropriate law enforcement and security personnel of the conversation.”)

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991
 

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Band goes on tour, band members begin to wonder why there is nobody there when they are playing, venue operators wonder where all the people they supposedly sold tickets to are, then they realise the band leader has been buying attention online to make it look as if the band has an audience, when it doesn't:
https://news.avclub.com/not-even-the-members-of-threatin-realized-that-their-ba-1830420149

The thought processes that make someone think this is a good idea are beyond my ken, certainly.
A long and fancy retelling of this tale has appeared on the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/jered_threatin
 

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I like Farage, and i didnt get the joke, until i read the comments, and still didnt find it funny, it was weird
I think he bounced back from that prank call well to be fair to him but I won't talk about this any further because .. politics ...
 
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