James Vietch, the internet hero the world deserves. [YouTube Screenshot]
If you’ve got an email account, chances are you’ve received at least one scam email at some point in your ownership of that account.
They’re everywhere: emails promising you a fortune in cash or diamonds or whatever else valuable you could imagine, all in exchange for a tiny little bit of information about your bank account. I’ve had a few of those show up in my inbox, but they’re not nearly as common as random businesses from China contacting me to sell me bulk LED lighting fixtures or whatever else – I’m assuming, with my company email address, that they think I’m some sort of merchant who sells household goods or something? At any rate, there’s a whole lot of unwanted email floating around the internet.
For most of us, the reaction is automatic: DELETE.
For others, it presents itself as an opportunity to have a little fun with the people on the other end. Comedian James Vietch is one such person.
As part of a Mashable original series called Scamalot, Vietch has been messing with scammers for a couple years now, and has taken some of the more memorable conversations and turned them into episodes.
Here’s the most recent one, in which a scammer asks him NOT to grow a mustache or come to Hong Kong. It’s pretty funny:
And another one, in which Vietch is rather excited (and who wouldn’t be?) at the prospect of getting a free toaster!
And the one that started it all, in which Vietch convinces the scammer to talk to him in code, resulting in one of the best emails you might ever read regarding the transfer of a ridiculous amount of gold:
I remember having a conversation years ago with my dental hygienist while in the chair getting my teeth scraped about this very subject. She told me about how she and her husband really enjoyed messing with potential scammers, and she actually got to the point with one of them where they actually spoke on the phone – totally aware that it was a scam, but convincing enough that the scammer totally bought their act. It made me want to do that myself one day, but I was never really sure how. Thanks to these videos, I think I’m well prepared to have some fun with a scammer sometime…
If you want to see the rest of the videos, you can find them HERE.