This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

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Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.


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My brother got a text from a scammer so he spoiled endgame for them

Author — Manaphy099

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imagine solomon sitting in the crowd. *laughing on the outside, crying on the inside*

Author — amal arbi

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This dude is the true definition of chaotic good.

Author — Honey Bunny

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Somewhere in the world Solomon is feeling betrayed.

Author — Émilie Goupil-Nantel

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Solomon: Entered the chat.
James: Call me Kitkat.
Solomon: Left the chat.

Author — Project X Gaming

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This guy is a genius. Not because of his clever replies to scam emails, but because he did stand-up comedy and made people believe it was a TED talk.

Author — V S

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Scammers are great for practising your trolling skills on.

Author — Haley Watterson

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No one searched for this but we all enjoyed it

Author — Mini Bodybuilder

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Why cant my teacher show us ted talks like this instead of boring ones

Author — Dirtymax 2oh9

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So this is what happened to Daniel Radcliffe after Harry Potter.

Author — Little Potato Man

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*"Solomon, if we're going to do it, let's go big."*


*-seductive music plays-*

Author — Monstr _Cat

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I did this once with a scammer. Exchanged emails with them, made them believe I was sending them money. Admittedly, I did something a little creepy. I viewed the email's source code and noticed a hotmail account hidden behind the fake email I was seeing on the surface. I google searched the hotmail account and found the scammer's real name and all these websites he was using. I then gave the scammer a heart attack by saying I was a hacker who knew who he was.

Author — detail.movie

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I still have that gold if your interested,
Solomon.

Author — ShadowFoxy30304

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Solomon, your email intrigues me


Everyone: *claps* AMAZING AMAZING

Author — mem 432

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am i the only one who finds it funny how everyone’s eyes just flicked up to the screen in 8:00 ??

Author — Amy Ding

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so when did ted talks just become comedy routines

Author — QuietGrave

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Everybody needs to know this:




HE WAS *BORN* ON *APRIL FOOLS DAY*




No joke, check Wikipedia if you don't believe me!

Author — Lukas Harfich

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Drinking game: Take a shot everytime the audience laughs.

Author — Mand'alor

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“I reply to scammer emails for 3 years, so you don’t have to!”



*we stay dirty so that the world stays clean*

Author — freshie _

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people have been doing this since late 90's.. wasting scammers time is fun.

Author — Black Swan