Scam Baiting

By Deane Barker on November 30, 2003

Nigerian email conmen fall into their targets’ net: An in-depth article about people scamming the 419 scammers.

It has been described as the internet’s first blood sport and is fast becoming one of the web’s favourite pastimes. Fed up with having their inboxes clogged with emails from Nigerian fraudsters promising untold riches, the victims are finally hitting back.

Scam-baiting — replying to the emails and stringing the con artists along with a view to humiliating them as much as possible — is becoming increasingly popular with more than 150 websites chronicling the often hilarious results.