A Day With an E-mail Scammer
David Pogue DECEMBER 23, 2010
I love this time of year. It's a time of giving, sharing and unexpected surprises - like the one that just popped into my inbox.
It comes from reader James Veitch, a London-based theater writer and director, who sent me the transcripts of a back-and-forth he had with "a not terribly clever e-mail scammer." It's a long shot, he said, but he thought "it might be good for publication." He's not kidding. I LOL'ed, I ROFL'ed, I LMAO'ed.
The scammer was posing as Alex, an actual friend of Mr. Veitch (the scammer was using a lookalike of Alex's e-mail address-"ymail.com" instead of "gmail.com").
Somewhere in Nigeria, Mr. Veitch's correspondent is probably telling a similarly amusing tale.