Online Vigilantes Still Scamming The Scammers

from the police-are-happy dept

Last summer we wrote about the new “online sport” of spam baiting, where people would bait Nigerian 419 scammers into doing time wasting and embarrassing things partly for fun, and partly to keep them busy from scamming others. It appears that the practice has only grown over time with people spending an awful lot of time trying to mess with scammers. Some have even claimed to have gotten money out of the scammers. What’s interesting is that some law enforcement officials are happy with the online vigilantes, since they often provide the detailed info needed to track down the scammers. Others, though, warn that most of the people behind these scams are part of fairly violent organized crime groups, and getting involved with them in any way could be quite dangerous.

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