So today I discovered a British man named ‘James Veitch’ who writes hilarious email responses to spammers on his account. I stumbled across it, liked his videos and decided to subscribe to a Youtube channel that he was featured on. If you’re not familiar with him, I highly recommend checking out his playlist ‘Scamalot’ on ‘Mashable’s Youtube page (You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZlYFlyDNkI&index=1&list=PLSKUhDnoJjYmeW6nNasZSaVAGh4u91pEk)
In a strange turn of events, I received my first ever spam email through my Gmail account today. This has never happened before, and my spam filter is usually excellent at filtering out all these emails, so I am essentially unaware of the spam emails I receive.
The email was from a lady named ‘ Flora D. Darpino’ and it read as follows:
I feel great to hear from you again, my name is Flora D. Darpino, am 43 years old but single, i am a USA Military / NATO, from United State Of America, but i am presently in Yemen for fighting with terrorist and peace keeping in the world. Sincerely, i want to establish a true relationship that may lead into good things in life or something else with you, is my pleasure meeting you. I hope all is well with you and how are you enjoying your day,
Well, i am a USA Military Officer currently in Yemen now, fighting with terrorist and peace keeping, i will like to get acquainted with you. I am loving, honest and caring person with a good sense of humor. I enjoy reading, working, traveling, meeting new people and knowing their way of life. I enjoy watching the sea waves and the beauty of the mountains, and everything that nature has to offer. Please,
tell me about you, your likes and dislike, i am still single at the age of 43 years, it is very nice to know and be your friend, wishing you all the best, thank you as i still wait to read from you.
Flora D. Darpino”
I thought it was a little weird to be receiving this and I did a quick google search on the name and found this website among several others: http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93525 detailing various instances of this scam, so I thought I would take James Veitch’s advice and respond to the scammer.
Here’s my first response: