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Delete This at Your Peril: One Man's Hilarious Exchanges with Internet Spammers Hardcover – June 17, 2008
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You'll find yourself laughing out loud as the spammer scrambles to meet Servant's increasingly ludicrous demands....Getting even never felt so good. -- --Zink
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Jamming your In-Box
Is about one man
Spam the Spammers
The paragraphs below use some of Bob's examples to give the reader a sense of this book, which is really quite clever if you like this sort of thing.
[Warning: Replying to spammers can cause spam mail to increase exponentially]
Greetings to you in the name of the Most High.
A business acquaintance of mine visited your fine country of Scotland recently and recommended you as a fine and honorable gentleman who can be entrusted with a matter of the highest confidentiality and importance.
He has assured me that you are an expert in business and trade, and that you may have purchased already four golden lions, two leopards and an alligator from the only son of His Excellency King Arawi of Togo. I hope that they are thriving and bringing you much joy.
First, I will introduce myself. I am a former citizen of a Soviet country, but through good fortune and most reputable mail order organization I was able to get married to a good man from Nigeria, who owns both a textile company and a pottery barn. I also obtained for myself a PhD doctorate in Business and Finance through correspondence with major unaccredited university in the United American States.
I am sad to say that my husband is now late due to assassination by his competitors, and I am left alone with his business affairs to handle. I will also tell you that due to his relatives in the government, my husband has been able to save a lot of money which is in an account in my name, and I trust you to keep this information in confidence.Read more ›
This time he comes in from a different angle. He categorises the main forms of phishy correspondence - vast Nigerian giveaways, bogus Russian brides, local agents and franchisees solicited for non-existent businesses - but this time he entertains us with his replies to the phishers, pretending to hide behind the persona of a certain Bob Servant (?geddit?). For me at least, a lot of the interest and fascination of the exchanges was in wondering how many of them were real and how many invented or enhanced for the purpose of making a book out of them. I could have asked Neil, but whether or not he would have told me I decided that would have been unfair and so I have refrained. Obviously, the more of these messages that are genuine the better the whole joke is. I like to think that at the very least all the original emails received from the various would-be hoaxers are as they sent them.
One has to wonder what success-rate these hoaxes enjoy. Some are in such bad English that surely they must raise the suspicions of all but the most trusting, gullible and inexperienced. Others look a bit more professional, but are open to perfectly simple and obvious responses - e.g.Read more ›
"Bob Servant" is unique, which makes it impossible for me to communicate just how funny this book is. He is as much in his element in front of a keyboard as he is down at the local pub regaling anyone and everyone with his stories, schemes, and ideas. There's just no way I could adequately describe the likes of "Bob's" best mates Frank the Plank, Chappy Williams, and Tommy Peanuts, let alone "Bob" himself, to you here, nor could I even begin to do justice to the halcyon days when "Bob" dominated the cheeseburger van market. Even if I could, it wouldn't be right for me to do so. You are in good hands with journalist Neil Forsyth, who tells you everything you need to know (and then some) about his good friend "Bob's" extraordinary life and times.
Fittingly, the fun begins with the original standard bearer of spam, the old 419 (better known as the "Nigerian" scam).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read... Sooooo funny- nothing like scamming the scammers.Published 8 months ago by Sarasota Seller Michelle
A lot of fun. Well worth a visit to Scotland. Please reply quickly to this review so that I can send you your free ticket before they are all gone. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Simply Dan
This is a weird, funny, charming book about an eccentric from Scotland who takes revenge on Internet scammers. It's memorably hilarious.Published on June 13, 2013 by nanferg
I only read a few chapters, but it's very funny. I bought several copies of this book and gave them out as gifts. I have one copy left and I'm thinking about keeping it for myself.Published on December 25, 2012 by Gregory Nash
I posted this review before, but after a while it was deleted. I wonder why? Could it be because I am the only reviewer who has actual experience with some of these stories? Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Rich L
I was pleasantly surprised at how funny this was. I laughed out loud on almost every track. Robert Servant, the main character in this book, has a creative fertile mind that led me... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by William R. Vincent
The firsts two chapters are good, but that's only what you really need to read. The book is very repetitive and after less than half of the book you will already get tired.Published on October 15, 2011 by aabraga
So funny I fully recommend this book. My husband thought I was crazy it made laugh out loud so much I almost peed my pants.Published on March 28, 2011 by tt stoddart