Sunday, August 27, 2006

Scam baiting

Scam baiting is the practice of pretending interest in a fraudulent scheme in order to manipulate a scammer. The purpose of scam baiting might be to waste the scammers' time, embarrass them, cause them to reveal information which can be passed on to legal authorities in the hope that they will be prosecuted, get them to spend money, or simply to amuse the baiter. A common status symbol among scam baiters is the collection and display of a photographic "trophy," a picture ostensibly taken of the scammer, usually while holding custom made signs. Lee Mayr, previously mentioned here, is such a collector of photographies. A small collection can be found on her blog. More portraits in the hall of shame, published by 419eater, and a even more bizarre collection of money shots (no phun intended) here.

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