What Happens When You Reply to Email Scams
Comedian James Veitch took it upon himself to do something I think we all consider sometimes: He started responding to email scammers, stringing them along.
When scammers emailed him with shady business propositions—offers of gold, or bizarre inheritances—Veitch replied, expressing interest, or in some cases critiquing the specifics of the business idea. And, predictably, things got weird.
In this hilarious TED Talk, Veitch walks us through the experience, showing just two email exchanges from his three years of correspondence. Enjoy:
For a complete transcript, check out Veitch's TED Talks page.
This is apparently just part of a much larger project called The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection, which Veitch began performing in 2014. He later wrote up the experience in a book called Dot Con.
With that, I leave you with Veitch's instant-classic signoff: "Bonsoir my golden nuggets; bonsoir."