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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,325 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Dot Con is the story of what happened when James Veitch decided to play the scammers at their own game providing a hilarious showcase of the conversations he orchestrates with online imposters. Naturally James replies with an offer of help ready to wire money by Western Union (it's always Western Union) safely and securely but not before the recipient has given something i ...more
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published August 13th 2015 by Quadrille Publishing
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, funny
Me when I realised that James Veitch has a book.


I was obsessed with his videos for years, it always fascinated me how far he can go with these scammers, and they still continue.

Most of the stories were previously told by James in one of his videos; however, it did have more details here in the book. But probably my favourite part of his videos is how he delivers them which of course you cannot have in the book except when I was reading the stories with his voice in my head.

Btw, why is it alw
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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I became obsessed with James Veitch a while ago while I was on a TED Talk binge and came across the grabbily titled, This is what happens when you reply to spam email . I enjoyed it so much that I ended up Googling him to see if there was any more where that come from and landed on the Scamalot series he did with Mashable. You can imagine my delight, then, when I managed to finagle a copy of his book, DOT CON, which further chronicles
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Dear James Blunt,

Will you be my book-boyfriend? I don't read much romance, so I am not sure how it's done properly, but you supposedly lock a person you like in a high security personal harem and throw away the destroyed key (nobody can have access to it. NOBODY!) Why would I like to do that you may ask? Because you are totally awesome! You even play guitar and recite Robert Burns on a weird rock. Amazing as hell. And the sentence "When you see vacuum cleaner around sheriff, it means that hand r
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was laughing so hard when I was reading this that I thought everyone on the train was staring at me. But I didn't care.

James Veitch is just so awesome and so funny when he writes back Winnie Mandela or Princess Mina whose uncle has stolen her inheritance. I think we should have the James Veitch movement. Let's go people!
Sleepless Dreamer
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went on a bit of a Tedx talk binge the other day and came across James Veitch's one. I found it hilarious so I really wanted more.

This book describes Veitch's adventures replying to scam emails. It's very funny and lighthearted. I adore his sense of humor and the way he communicates with these people. He never veers into being cruel or dismissive, it's like he manages to create this form of humor that's just confused and snarky.

All in all, if you're interested in a short and fun read, this i
Noah Crocker
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute crackup. I love how creative James Veitch is, and just how dumb some scammers can be.


I watched a Ted Talk by James Veitch, and he seems like a very interesting dude. I REALLY want to see what this book contains.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome. The genius of comedians is that they manage to find new and hilarious ways of looking at and talking about everyday things. And the genius idea of James Veitch is writing back to email spammers. You know, the low energy cons of Nigerian princes and so on, third world country entrepreneurs utilizing the opportunity to connect globally to assist the gullible and naïve in contributing to their various economies. A fool and his money and all that. Well, normally you don’t think abo ...more
Natasha Niezgoda
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Literally the BEST coffee table or bathroom book ever! I found myself laughing unabashedly out loud.

James is so freaking clever. The obscene stories he concocts to tool with all the internet trolls are hilarious. The toaster one, holy crap!!!

Seriously, just read it. And then share it. It will brighten up someone’s day.

I have already passed it along to my mother-in-law and 3 friends.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beware anyone who’s been mugged in Manila, Philippines and needs money transferred to Western Union.

If you’re unfamiliar with James Veitch, I encourage you now to head over to YouTube and lose yourself in the rabbit hole of his videos, then come back and read this book. Veitch is a former Apple Genius turned famous comedian with the third most viewed TED Talk, and he achieved this by responding to an email scam. This exploded into a viral sensation, and now he plays along with virtual scam arti
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
If you're like me, you delete spam emails with one swift click, afraid to interact further than that in fear of downloading some evil attachment. James Veitch, however, has no such fear. Not only does he respond and play the part of an innocent victim, but he is damn hilarious, cheeky, and awesome while doing it.

Most of these emails start out the same way: you've won/you've been left/we have found some outrageously large sum of money, but you have to wire a "processing fee" of up to a few thous
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Right, I realised that I have tons of books that I finished ages ago, and which need reviewing.

This was a really fun and quic read. Heard about the book thanks to a hilarious TED talk of the author. Toaster story is the absolute BEST
Chris Boulton
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's not very often you can say that you're pleased you did something that the Daily Mail suggested.. "read this book," they said, "it's well sick!" (Okay, they didn't use those words... but that's what they meant so, feeling slightly unnerved that I was doing something they suggested, I bought it and finished it in lightning speed.. slowed only because I had other stuff that I had to do, boring stuff, stuff that tbh I probably could have done another day blah blah blah!

Anyway, enough about me.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why yes, yes this is the kind of humor I like.

I'm one of those folks who when scammers call I basically just mess around with them for the fun of it.

There's a reason we are on the do not call list.

Anyho w found Veitch and his book after seeing his Ted Talk and it definitely brightened my day each time I picked it up. I read it over the cours of a few days, usually whenever I felt stressed and it consistently made me smile or cackle.

By the way Solomon or Henry or Elena, feel free to email me I'd
Robbie Bashore
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this, because I got a lot of belly laughs from the author's TED talks. The book was funny, but it was sort of like hearing/reading variations of the same joke over and over. The other thing was it made the talk look like a conglomeration of several episodes, which felt like deceit to me. ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any one who hates phishing scams and loves to laugh their asses off
Wow, what a fantastic read. I laughed so much people were giving me the side eye. I saw this book at the library and picked it up after I recognized the author from a 'Ted Talks' video ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Was feeling a bit down, and then I came across this in my Kindle and figured it would be a great pick-up. It was alright.

I loved the original format - it's basically a bunch of email exchanges between Veitch and those scammers you get who try to convince you that someone in Nigeria has died and left you money, and you just need to pay a £300 customs fee to get it. There are some real gems; Veitch is very creative. I would really like to see a follow-up.

Not exactly laugh-out-loud material, thoug
Abbas Moosajee
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
James Veitch has an uncanny ability to annoy the crap out of people and as far as you haven't been a victim to a scam you will laugh through every page of this book.

My only problem with this book is it could have been so much more, from an analysis of who the victims of scams are to what are some of the best safeguards to use, basically a beginner's guide to cybersecurity. Nonetheless, it was a good book and I would definitely recommend you to watch his;
Veitch is a terrible Roomate

Happy Reading!
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-hardcopy
The book was hilarious. I can only recommend it to anyone that wants a laugh!
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Honestly, very funny! The only reason I give it less than five stars is because I know how much funnier it is when Veitch delivers these in speech, his timing is better than my imagination.
Katharine Lewis
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very funny. A lot of ‘victims’ in the Philippines!! Thank you Gina for sending this book through. A gift to make me smile in this ongoing situation. Recommend :-)
Am Y
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of email conversations between the author and various scammers who email him with all sorts of scam propositions (e.g. high-paying job offer, need your help to claim inheritance, friend has lost passport and needs money to help return home, etc etc). Most of the scams are the same/similar, and after some time it gets repetitive. He tries his best to keep them replying to his emails as long as possible and sometimes this yields amusing results. For me it was mildly inter ...more
Stephanie Inman
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love James Veitch’s YouTube content, so I preordered this as an audiobook. I definitely do not recommend this. He keeps making references to illustrations that are not included with the audiobook. He treats the whole book as though he is performing it live, and it just didn’t settle well with me. I didn’t DNF because it’s so short, but I did return the audiobook and do not recommend it.
Alyce Hunt
While some of the email exchanges were hilarious, others just felt rather repetitive. It's a great concept, I just feel as though it could have been collected better. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! Thank you to Ashley for helping me borrow this book.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny audiobook that leaves you wanting more. James and Naomi do a great job narrating and doing their best to make each tale different in tone.
Courtney Stuart
On a disturbingly regular basis there comes a news story of people being swindled out of their savings by con artists who appear so legitimate that vulnerable people are susceptible to such antics. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth to see people sobbing on those news reports because they have been conned and are left with nothing. It causes such angry responses you feel like you want to reach right through the computer screen and wring the scammer's necks for the devastation they wreak on innoc ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-in-20
The business is on. I am trying to raise the balance for the Gummy Bear so he can submit all the needed Fizzy Cola Bottle Jelly Beans to the Creme Egg for the Peanut M&Ms process to start. Can you assist with the funds? Send £1,500.00 via A Giant Gummy Lizard.

James Veitch is absolutely delightful.

I don't remember if I found him on my own, or if someone sent his videos to me, due to my own personal propensity for constantly screwing with phone scammers. Once I found him, I watched every TED talk
Remi S.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love James Veitch a lot, and the moment I heard he had a book out I bought it. Did it live up to the hype? Absolutely. This is a hilarious series of exchanges between Veitch and scammers he’s replying to, a quick and funny read that’ll leave you with a smile; Veitch’s trademark sense of humour, evident in his various TV and youtube appearances, shines through his email correspondence. Don’t expect any extra commentary or autobiography: this is just the exchanges with scammers in their purest f ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and hilarious read. What a great idea to respond to scam emails and mess with people! Some of the interactions were funnier than the others but I was interesting to see the scammers trying to hard to get him to send money. The fact that some people in the world actually fall for these is sad, but this book could be used for those people so they know what to look out for.
Meg K (fiction_gryphon)
If you know James Veitch from his hysterical Ted Talks on spam emails, his series Spamalot, his appearances on Conan and Jimmy Fallon, or you know absolutely nothing about the guy, you are going to love this book (that is, unless your name is Solomon Oddonkoh 😂) “Dot.Con” highlights some of Veitch’s funniest scammer email interactions, a few of which have been featured in his videos, others that are brand new! Scammers need a little more annoyance and push-back in their lives, and Veitch does so ...more
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James Veitch is a former Apple Store Genius whose high-tech comedy picks apart and parodies the constantly evolving and perplexing technology we live with. James has sold out shows throughout the world and currently resides as the third most popular TED Talk of all time. He wrote and performed 2 viral hit seasons of his show 'Scamalot' with Mashable, has appeared twice on Conan, and appeared on Th ...more

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