This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

  • Published on Feb 1, 2016
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    Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at

  • insaneintherainmusic
    insaneintherainmusic 2 years ago

    You know... I don't quite know why this is a TED talk. But man it's funny.

  • Yifang Zhang
    Yifang Zhang 1 month ago

    The title should be "When a scammer meets a troll" XD

  • Unmannedair
    Unmannedair 1 month ago

    I've done this before... It was awesome. I gave him my 'personal phone number' which just so happens is the same as the DC fraud hotline for the FBI.

  • Richard S.
    Richard S. 1 month ago

    URGENT! Please DO NOT follow the advice of this video. Nobody can tell if Mr. Veitch's stories are genuine or are just meant to amuse (which they do), but replying to actual scammers can destroy your email account, filling it with scam emails. This video makes it seem very enjoyable, but even if Mr. Veitch is telling the truth, he is surely doing so under controlled environment. Replying to a scam email, especially from a Gmail or Yahoo account will reveal your LOCATION (as in the city/town you live in), possibly even your FULL ADDRESS and your FULL NAME (that depends on the internet provider). You should NEVER respond to any scammers. This video and it's popularity has probably lead to many thousands of destroyed accounts (I speak from my own experience, sadly, as you might have guessed). Remember that like many channels on YouTube, Ted (and Mr. Veitch) are putting out these videos for views and profit, even if they do lead to suffering in the end. Thank you for your time and please share this.

  • Ghost kinq
    Ghost kinq 4 weeks ago

    i t s f r e e r e a l e s t a t e

  • KingSe7en
    KingSe7en 1 year ago

    No idea why this came up in my recommended section but I'm glad it did.

  • NeverAgainBuddy
    NeverAgainBuddy 2 weeks ago

    When is ted gonna come out Is he like the final stage mega boss or something

  • bjtaudio
    bjtaudio 1 week ago

    Yes just don't use you're real email address. lol

  • bouli3576
    bouli3576 1 month ago

    The best one I once received began thus : "I am the widow of the late Pope John Paul II" ...

  • Captain Dildoface
    Captain Dildoface 4 days ago

    This dude should go into comedy, his delivery is amazing.

  • The_Pyromancer
    The_Pyromancer 1 year ago

    If this guy isn't the next Doctor I am going to flip

  • Andy Xu
    Andy Xu 1 week ago

    This is comedy G O L D im sorry i'll walk myself out

  • Jedidiah Carosaari
    Jedidiah Carosaari 1 month ago

    Back when my last name was Palosaari, I received an email from someplace in Africa stating that my relative Jim Palosaari was traveling in Africa, with his family, and had an accident, and everyone was killed. But I was the lucky beneficiary. Thing is, my dad's name was Jim Palosaari. They just happened to hit that name. So I replied back, "I'm sorry. I'm totally distraught to hear this. I did not know until this email that my father, Jim Palosaari, had died. But I am equally disturbed that he appears to have had a secret family that he never informed us about. And yet, And yet, What gets me more, is I just got off the phone with him, not three hours ago. This was after you sent your letter. So I can only assume that my father was communicating with me FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE. Honestly, this whole turn of events has seriously effected me, and I'll need some time to process it all. I'll have to get back to you once I understand how this seance occurred, and after I've processed through my grief."

  • 特別Shirou
    特別Shirou 4 weeks ago

    This was recommended to me and I regret nothing.

  • shananagans5
    shananagans5 6 days ago

    lol Mandela's health condition is serious. lol On the bright side, his health condition is stable. I love messing with scammers. I don't know enough about computers to mess with email scammers, I am afraid I will do something stupid & give them access to my computer. Now the scam calls, that's an entirely different story. I am an old lady (early 50's) but I pretend to be really old. They call, I tell them they have great timing, my dear old husband of 70 years just passed away and he did all our banking online and I don't know how to gain access to our money. Then they will usually say sorry to her my dear old hubbie passed. I then say we first met in WWII, then after the war he invented these spiral notebook things and made us more money than I could ever imagined. lol Now they think I am in my 90's, I am a little confused and very wealthy. If I can get them to believe that, they will sit there patiently and listen to me ramble on & on & on. After I saw the movie Pearl Harbor, I followed the script to tell them about my dear old Hank. "Yes, Mam, do you know where your computer is? " "Oh yes, let me get it out" I then break into the story of when I first saw Hank. I was a nurse you know, I had to help dear old Hank cheat to get through the eye chart. Blah blah blah. "Mam, mam, did you get your computer out?" "Oh yes, now how do I turn this thing on?" "You know, I never expected to see Hank again. Pilots didn't live long in WWII......... blah blah blah..... "Mam, is your computer on now?" "Oh yes, it's warming up" "So I was working at a forward aid station and beyond all odds guess who comes in on a stretcher?" Yep, It's Hank. lol I get them running in circles. Every little step I get off topic to talk about my dearly departed. If they get pushy I just start to cry & say "you sound to busy, maybe I should just wait until my grandson gets into town to get to my money" Kinda like this comment, you can drag it out as long as you want. If they think you aren't 100% there mentally and have money they can gain access to, you can mess with these guys for hours. I am recovering from an extended illness so I have the time. I enjoy it & I figure, every min they are on the phone with me is a min they aren't out there finding a real victim. If you have the time, it is a fun hobby, I encourage everyone to slow these scammers down. The harder it is for them to make a living scamming, the fewer will do it.

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith 11 months ago

    This vid is pure gold

  • Catsareawesome 808
    Catsareawesome 808 2 weeks ago

    Get This Guy Some Hummus.

  • AbyssWarrior
    AbyssWarrior 1 month ago

    This is livid He’s a mad lad

  • Shadow Vision
    Shadow Vision 1 month ago

    Bonsoir my golden nugget, bonsoir.

  • Markulator
    Markulator 2 weeks ago

    I can’t believe there are people that actually thought he was giving advice, he is a troll and this is clearly a comedy bit, so can everyone just relax this one time ffs.