Ever gone into your spam folder and read through the weird and wonderful offers that have been made to you from the far reaches of the globe?
Cheap wonder pills to keep you hard all night, weight loss guaranteed, triple your investment in one week. All you have to do is respond with your account details.
Have you ever been tempted to actually do it? I presume the answer is no, or you probably wouldn’t have the funds in your account to keep paying for the internet.
Well British comedian James Veitch is one man who has replied, and he compiled the entertaining results for all to read and learn from.
Some of the conversations can be pretty lengthy, but they are well worth sticking with.
Veitch undertook the experiment over a two-year period, and revealed that the book only scratches the surface of his experiences, including roughly only one in 30 conversations.
Part of the fun, the comedian says, is that the scammers often suggest a pre-existing relationship, leaving the door wide open to create an alternative reality they have to agree with to keep you on side. Brilliant!
The full book Dot Con is out now, and well worth a read. Or you can start having your own fun with scammers for free, but you do run the risk of losing your life savings if you get it wrong!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.