Baiting 419ers Is Pretty Amusing, But Doesn't Do A Whole Lot To Solve The Problem
from the bereft-of-life dept
The continuing battle with 419ers and other internet scammers lives on, as police around the world make periodic busts — including one that recently ensnared the singer of the 419er anthem “I Go Chop Your Dollar”. But the scam lives on, as the internet provides a nearly endless supply of victims who really should have known better. Meanwhile, scambaiting — the act of scamming the scammers — thrives, too, as people look to waste the time and money of scammers, and amuse themselves in the process. While some of the tales are certainly amusing — like such classics as the P-P-P-Powerbook, or the more recent video of some 419ers recreating the Dead Parrot sketch of Monty Python fame at the behest of a scambaiter — they’re hardly making a dent in the overall problem. Like with spam, it’s really the victims themselves that are keeping 419s and other scams alive. If people would stop falling for their ridiculous claims, they’d eliminate the market for the scams. Of course, as the old adage says, there’s a sucker born every minute, so it seems that the scams will live on for a while yet.