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Scamorama: Turning the Tables on Email Scammers
by Eve Edelson
This book is about liars telling lies with compound interest to other liars. A -struggle is being waged on the Internet between criminals and comedians. On one side are fraudsters who con their victims out of hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The basic tool of the trade is e-mail, and the crime is the infamous “419” scam—a form of fraud whose current masters hail ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by The Disinformation Company
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Eve Edelson's print spinoff from her popular "scambaiting" website begins with the advantage of a collection of tongue-in-cheek exchanges by witty people with hapless e-mail scammers that comtain some of the funniest pages I've read. The combination of funny and inventive writing (in which the scam-baiter is free to let comic invention run free aeemingly without fear of being disbelieved) and the real-life befuddlement and endless credulity of the despicable but still somehow likable scammers is ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
A fun read, but I admittedly skimmed much of the latter half. Not that it's not useful or funny, it just turns out to be a pretty thin topic for a whole book. Most internet users have seen a thousand variations on these scams, so the antics themselves become tedious to read about, and we don't really need help determining which are bogus (hint: all of them). What's interesting are the exchanges between scammers and the anti-scammers keeping them on the hook and wasting their time.
It was fun reading for the first half, then it just seemed like more of the same in the second half. That being said, reading the perspective of the scammer was interesting. I had to just shake my head for much of the book, not understanding how people can fall for these types of scams.