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Scamorama: Turning the Tables on Email Scammers Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
But the fun part, and the true raison d'etre of Ms. Edelson's book, is to report on the ANTI-SCAMMERS who have played along, and made the scammers jump through hoops for such intended victims as "Princess Margaret", "Bart Simpson", etc etc etc. The scammers are serious criminals, but they end up falling victim to the same weaknesses they seek to bring out in their own victims... namely, the ever-popular greed and gullibility.
Ms. Edelson clearly has a thing for this stuff... she loves it! The book is the outgrowth of her website, scamorama. Nigerian scammers and Eve Edelson...It's nice to see such a match made in heaven, like fried chicken and Col. Sanders. It's a great read because Ms. Edelson has a breezily funny-sarcastic style. She is the voice of authority on the subject, but a fun-loving and clever authority. She also gives a short course in how YOU can idle away fun-filled hours making a MUGU (scammer lingo for their victim: "fool") out of a criminal who wants to rob you.
The info she provides, including the technical aspect, is fascinating, and the selection of back-and forths ("Comedy Breaks") between scammers and the anti-scammers they had the bad luck to reach are hysterically funny.Read more ›
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.
Read it for fun, but then pass it on to someone less scam savvy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are some hilarious paybacks in the stories in which supposed victims toy with and wear down the scammers. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Lightseeker
Buy this book or take my scammers boot camp. The book's a lot cheaper. ******Are you always getting burned because of your trusting nature? Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by stevek
An engaging read about what is involved in this thing. Crazy. Explained that they do it fron internet cafes. Another country that is involved is Turkey. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by ellison