Saturday, 22 October 2011

Trolling for a good cause.

There is plenty of scum on the internet. I'm certain we've experienced trolls, scammers, 12 year old children who shouldn't talk online until they've hit puberty.

If I hear one more Russian kid...

However, what happens what you start combining the groups together? You start getting some rather interesting combinations and my most favorite one is 419eater.com, a site dedicated to wasting the time of scammers in the most hilarious ways possible.

Unfortunately there are still plenty of people who still fall victim to the "Nigerian Prince who needs to transfer millions into a foreign bank account" or "The terminal cancer patient who wants to donate his fortune and is willing to compensate you for your help" stories. If I'm correct a lot of elderly are tricked and their life savings disappear just like that.

419eater operates on the hope that by pretending to be victims the scammers will have less time for legitimate victims (as they're lead on a wild goose chase), become discouraged from performing future scammings or even ruining the scammer's lives.

Go internet superheroes!

If you have time, go take a look through the Wall of Shame and/or some of the success stories. One example was digging chest high holes while wearing togas followed by having milk poured on their head whole holding bread and fish and sending the resulting pictures.

Another good one was where a scammer carved an entire wooden bust of the anti-scammer's head. Or if you're really crafty, getting a scammer to fly overseas to dig up "buried money". However, they are told to dress up in costumes before reaching the dig site and not told that several other scammers will be also arrive in costume to try and dig up the non-existent money.

I know some of you will find this cruel and unusual or even inhumane. However these are not poor individuals attempting to make a meager living. These scammers are well off people who have likely scammed significant amounts of money from numerous people without a second thought. They use deceit, exploit vulnerable populations and are motivated by greed.

Plus I find it hard to have pity for people who pose like this.

I'm actually tempted to see if I can mess around with said scammers when I get some spare time. Would make for an interesting blogging arc I think. But school is starting to get busy again so we'll have to see.

56 comments:

  1. You should never scam the poor. I don't think you should scam anyone. However, if you must, do it to the rich.

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  2. Trolling for good? I like it.

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  3. Trolling the trolls is always a win!

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  4. ... And sending the result pictures. Okay.

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  5. ugh. you might wanna focus your self with your study instead with scammers. haha

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  6. the last pic is kinda disturbing. What the hell are they doing?!!

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  7. I don't think of it as cruel, or inhumane, but slightly unusual lol. There are a lot of ways to troll for a good cause, this is one of them. If they've actually made people do this stuff, they are Godly. People don't try to scam me much, or at all, so I can't mess with them :(

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  8. Why have I not thought of this yet.
    Be right back, saving the internets.

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  9. scamming scammers can yield hilarious results, but you gotta commit to it. :)

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  10. I doubt the guys, that are on the pictures are actually the people, who make the biggest profits. They would have to be a bit smarter, than that.
    They're probably just some cheap work force the real "scammers" hired.

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  11. haha yes scam the scammers I had those stupid idiots as well, serves them right.

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  12. Wow, that is some sweet justice! I got a letter from a scammer once. Funny thing is, I mailed him to ask more about the supposed fortune I was to inherit, but got no answer. Guess he gave up...

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  13. Interesting concept..ahaha I still remember those Nigerian Prince emails

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  14. I've never heard of that site.

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  15. what? I thought the Nigerian prince wanted to marry only moi :))) I'm heart broken now...

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  16. I remember someone actually managed to scam the scammer out of a whole bunch of money once.

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  17. The "Ethics of Scambaiting" article on the website is definitely worth reading: http://www.419eater.com/html/ethics.htm

    It should assuage one's guilt at least a little.

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  18. I still get the "nigerian prince" emails lol! :p And they've started spamming facebook now

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  19. If you need my help, please let me know.

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  20. That last pic is indeed disturbing. Just what the hell is going on in that pic? Also, I checked 419eater.com and found some interesting things to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I don't think it's disturbing but what on earth are they doing? Some spiritual ceremony? lol

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  22. I'm 100% in favor of a wall of shame! The offender - why would you choose to scam the rich? What if you're a hard-working person and now you've now got your own successful business? Give me a break. Scam the scammers! Just saying...

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  23. Thank you for this site.. this is gonna make me happy.

    Also, give your posts a quick previewed skim read before you post! There's a few sentences that are pretty off here, probably from re-wording. :)

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  24. ya down with the scammers !

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  26. They're like the Robin Hoods of the Internet. Well, kind of.

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  27. I loved reading this a while back. Some great fun.

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  28. Wow. I can't believe this stuff actually happens. Sounds fun!

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  29. ...this site is beautiful.

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  30. Those are some interesting images there...

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  31. I remember one hilarious scambaiting where they managed to get the scammers to handwrite the entire Harry Potter book.

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  32. Awesome...... must try and scam these guys.... really need to fill up that pothole in front of my house.

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  33. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE mess around with them and update us.

    Fifty awesome points if you manage to insult the size of their genitals in your "favorable" reply.

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  34. The can find and stab you but hei, was funny after all xD

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  35. would like to read your article about that, if you have some time do do it :) sounds like fun

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  36. I really hate those Nigerian scammers. These guys are fighting for a good cause by the sound of it, I wish them the best of luck.

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  37. I've always been a big fan of 419eater. Some great stuff on that site. I'm amazed how stupid (and greedy) people can be... those Nigerian scammers, included.

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  38. Foul mouthed Russian 12-year olds? The horror!

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  39. Scam the scamers troll the trolls and Wack the moles

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  40. I'm going to give it a look. Although the idea of trolls trolling trolls doesn't sound all that exciting.

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  41. Where'd you get that photo of me and my friends? The guy promised he wasn't going to publish it ;_;

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  42. Oh wall of shame. Takes on a diff meaning when you read walk of shame. Well, actually, not so different.

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  43. Trollin is just an art. No need to forgive

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  44. That sounds like a great way to troll and help the world!! Thanks

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  45. And that's how you troll ladies and gentlemen

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  46. trolling will always result in hillarity, at least for someone

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  47. That emai about millions of dollars has taken on so many forms it is ridiculous.

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  48. ok that last picture shocked me a bit... IMO very stupid people.

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