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Scamorama: Turning the Tables on Email Scammers [Paperback]

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This book is about liars telling lies with compound interest to other liars. A -struggle is being waged on the Internet between criminals and comedians. On one side are fraudsters who con their victims out of hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The basic tool of the trade is e-mail, and the crime is the infamous "419" scam-a form of fraud whose current masters hail from Nigeria and which gets its name from section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code. It begins with an e-mail from a stranger:

I am soliciting your assistance as to enable my family round up the remains of our life. Following the death of my husband Sani Abacha, former head of state of Nigeria, the new president has turned the country against us . . . I will be grateful if you could receive my last $50 million for safe keeping. I will give you 10% as a commission and to cover any expenses . . .

On the other side of the struggle, pranksters from around the world are writing back to scammers strictly to waste their time. The resulting literary genre is -scambaiting-psychological warfare for clowns. Some anti-scammers go further, breaking into scammers' e-mail accounts to warn off their victims, and helping law enforcement.

This book documents a weird form of cultural exchange made possible by the Internet. It is a hilarious introduction to the "419" scam, with correspondences between scammers and people who love to yank their chains.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.92" Width: 7.01" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   The Disinformation Company
ISBN  1932857389  
ISBN13  9781932857382  

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thats most be the most boring and time wasting stuff ive ever read  Jan 1, 2008
i mean come on be honest i mean i really have to inquestion my saneness if everyone find the stuff interesting, funny and worth the time. i mean not only is a waste of time and complete nonsense i really have to wonder whats it good for no its even boring as hell i mean i cant believe why people want to read this book. before buying this book think about the subject i mean seriously if after that you still want to buy this book, this book, it will suit your perfect. scams are such an interesting topic i have no clue why people have to come up with such ....

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For Fun or Edumacation  Nov 23, 2006
This book is so fun and funny for folks that are well versed in the scam, and a fortune-saver for those who aren't. I ended up laughing aloud (in public no less) but also felt chagrined as I recognized the scams Ive almost fallen for in the past.

Read it for fun, but then pass it on to someone less scam savvy!
An entirely new form of humor  Nov 6, 2006
Eve Edelson's new compendium of the best exchanges between 419 scam artists (who bilked Americans out of more than $250,000 last year) and those who bait them is jaw-droppingly funny, and important on several levels.

First, it's all about making life difficult for criminals. 419ers make their living preying off the elderly, the naive, the weak-minded, and those who just generally shouldn't be online. They are also dangerous, having killed before. The baiters, a fine and crreative possel of virtual vigilantes who waste the scammers' time, their money, their resources, and their patience are worthy of our admiration for that reason alone.

But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, this book is a harbinger of a new kind of humor. Scambaiting is a humor genre that couldn't exist without the 'net, and there is already a huge and growing crop of artists (yep, I call them artists) who are exploiting this new medium and making us laugh as they do it.

Ms. Edelson, the doyenne of scambaiting, has culled, nurtured, edited, and generally midwifed this vibrant new form of humor. This book is a collection of the best of the best of the new masters of the form. I'll be watching to see where the medium goes from here.

So there you are. Three reasons to buy it. One, it's your civic duty. Two, it's your chance to get in on the ground floor of a completely new kind of humor. And three, you'll laugh your socks off.
Scamalicious!  Oct 29, 2006
Everyone who has an email account has received missives from Nigerian scammers. This book is about attempts to deal with this nuisance. It is by turns screamingly funny and deadly serious. Read this and learn.
An eclectic mix of comedy and real world education  Oct 26, 2006
What a crack up! At one level this book is pure comedy. Pour yourself a nice glass of red, put your feet up and enjoy! It is extraordinary to see the lengths that small time stupid criminals will go to try to extract money, and the convoluted comic situations that the counter scammers embroil them in. Yet at another level, this book is a sober reminder to all those that may have spent a few moments wondering if those letters really were real, a reminder that indeed there are some truly unscrupulous individuals in this world who would sell their grandmother if it made them money. Buy this book as a reality check for the way the world really works. It might stop you falling for a scam. It might help you through negotiating buying that second-hand car. And, at the very least, it will give you a great laugh!

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