Another successful day broadening my horizons via the Internet. Today's discovery(new to me at least), is scambaiting. You all have probably gotten one of those email scams that claim that you can get rich if you help this person move millions into your bank account. The variations are endless and like most people, I simply delete them. Today I found out that there are some intrepid souls out there who have decided to scam the scammers. The goal is to waste the scammers time and money and if you are really good, get them to send a foolish picture of themselves.
This is awesome.
Pajamas media has a story on it. That led me to this story at Berkeley Lab View, which ultimately landed me at 419eater.com. There you will find all sorts of information on scambaiting, including the warning to think very carefully and be fully prepared before you try it yourself. Remember, these scammers are criminals and you don't want to screw up and get them onto the real you. Personally, I don't have the time to mess with it. I will however, mine that site for the comedy gold.
My favorite is in the extended post. I imagine that on this one, the scambaiter demanded that the scammer prove he is real by sending a picture of himself holding a sign with the scambaiter's (fake)name on it.