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Monday, January 05, 2004

Tips for Scambaiting

Well, by now you might have realized that this can be a fun hobby, and are interested in getting started. Below are a few tips to help you along the way.

  • First and foremost, get yourself a free, anonymous email. Sites such as Gmail are great. NEVER USE YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL. These people are thieves, and have been known to kidnap and occassionaly murder people.
    • Get a free eFax account. A lot of times they will ask you for a phone number to get information. By using a free eFax number, you can keep them running in circles. Excuses such as “My phone and fax lines keep crossing” are great. They’ll spend time (and money) trying to get a hold of you.
    • Dont try to be too over the top at the beginning. Remember, the goal is to keep them on the hook as long as possible, since you’re just trying to keep them from bothering other people.
    • Finally, head over to 419eater and browse the forums for tips. The guys over there are great, and can get you started and answer any questions you may have.
    • Most importantly, I can’t stress enough how important it is to not disclose any personal information.

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