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Getting Revenge on Spammers

Have you ever wanted to reply to a spammer, not to ask him how his life came to this or did he think that this is what he would be when he grew up, but just to taunt him? A writer for the Boston Globe did just that; when a spammer emailed him, promising him 20 percent of some fake company's profits for just the exchange of his bank account numbers (what a deal!), he decided to have fun with spam.

He emailed the spammer back, playing along for a bit, and got into a pretty funny volley, with gems from the spammer like, "In my last email i ask you to provide me your credit card number and the limit. instead you asking of my own. PLEASE MAIL ME THE DETAILS SO AS TO START BUSINESS OKAY." Basically, it seems as if he drives the spammers insane. Read his story for more vicarious tech payback!


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lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
i tried to rent my apt on craigslist and got some offers from people i thought were legit but it was all 419 nigerian scammer junk- some of them were pretty believable saying they were doctors at this and that hospital. however, i got weary and contacts that hospital- they told me that it was a scam and that for some reason their hospital was used in a lot of their scams. busted.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's great that someone's finally fighting back. with those types of email - i'm just afraid to open then for fear that either i'll get a virus or i'll get even more emails - and i just don't want that. but i think that if someone's able to bring humor into it - then that's better than anything!
xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
Thats awesome :) The person's (not the spammer) comebacks were great haha, Ive done the same with someone who offered me a free yorkie puppy, as long as I paid for shipping. I knew it was a scam, because I looked it all up on the internet and I found out it was a very common scam. My comebacks warent as good, but all I wanted was to get the person to answer questions, because his english was terrible, and his stories didnt make any sens.
Advah Advah 8 years
That was brilliant!! I think I'll start doing that.. :P
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
There's masses and masses of stories like this all over the internet. Vis:
macgirl macgirl 8 years
EvilDorkGirl that was the best link ever.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post did this a while ago, and it was much funnier and more involved. I can't find the article right now but if/when I do I will pass it along. It's good stuff.
kia kia 8 years
I was thinking of 419 stuff too. This American Life did a great show recently, "The Enforcers" that follows a group of guys as they set a 419er on a wild goose chase for three months. It was harsh to listen to because I hate it when people think they have the right to police others, but in there I was hoping the intentions were good at least.
said8me said8me 8 years
EvilDorkGirl, I just read that entire thing! Probably the best thing I'd read in a while. Thanks for the laughs, and I encourage anyone else who passes by to read it as well!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
That's hilarious!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
This reminds me of the P-P-Powerbook scam. You can read about it here: Except the Powerbook one was much more detailed and drawn out.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
Lucky him that the spammer was an actual person. Most of my spam comes from bots so I don't get to have fun like that.
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
Very funny! I never thought to reply figuring it was just automated or something.
verily verily 8 years
That was pretty funny! Sounds just like what the 419eater people do.
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