Comedian and writer James Veitch on This is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email at TED – Transcript
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A few years ago, I got one of those spam emails. And it managed to get through my spam filter. I’m not quite sure how, but it turned up in my inbox, and it was from a guy called Solomon Odonkoh. I know.
It went like this: it said, “Hello James Veitch, I have an interesting business proposal I want to share with you, Solomon.”
Now, my hand was kind of hovering on the delete button, right? I was looking at my phone. I thought, I could just delete this. Or I could do what I think we’ve all always wanted to do.
And I said, “Solomon, Your email intrigues me.”
And the game was afoot.
He said, “Dear James Veitch, we shall be shipping Gold to you. You will earn 10% of any gold you distribute.”
So I knew I was dealing with a professional.