The basics of scambaiting:

Whether it's 419 scammers or Romanian gangsters, this is the forum to post your baiting exploits and trophies.
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TechnoKiwi
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The basics of scambaiting:

Post by TechnoKiwi » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:12 am

Thought this might be useful posted here too. ;-)
Here's the basics of starting out in the world of scambaiting:

1) Never give a scammer any information about you that's real.

2) Always use 'disposable' email accounts to communicate with the scammer, such as Hotmail, Gmail, Xsmail, etc.

3) Never open attachments from a scammer unless you are certain it's safe, as scammers tend to use computers in internet cafes that sometimes are infected with viruses - they don't know this, it's just poor management on the part of the cafe owner.

4) Don't try to get money out of a scammer, as it's too risky, even from a place like NZ. These guys are criminals (gang members, usually, government workers sometimes, even cops, military, etc) and sometimes they are killers!

5) Use a proxy IP if you feel safer, but I never have, as they don't seem to check that sort of thing.

If you've already used a non-disposable email account, then simply switch to a disposable one by telling the scammer that your old one isn't monitored very often, or you no longer have it.

If you've given him your real name, it's no big deal, as long as he doesn't have/get any other info about you, like your address, phone, etc.

You can give these guys almost any kind of fake 'personal' info and it won't make any difference to them, as long as you don't give them something like 10 Downing Street, etc, that they might recognise.

As long as you're careful, scambaiting can be a lot of fun, but it can also be time consuming and addictive. Don't try for trophies too soon, especially photographic ones, as they're starting to get wise to this sort of thing, and it'll most likely cause them to run.

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Post by TechnoKiwi » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:29 am

If you want to set up a fake website for your scambait, one that looks 'professional' by not having banner adverts all over it, then check out this host:

http://www.nightmail.ru" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (you need to access this site via Babelfish, as it's in Russian)

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Post by TechnoKiwi » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:24 am

Some free email providers that aren't as well known to scammers:

http://www.xsmail.com/

http://www.postmaster.co.uk/

http://www.operamail.com/

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Post by TechnoKiwi » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:32 am

If you want to send a 'photoshopped' picture of someone holding a sign with your own message on it, just do a Google search like this:

CLICK ME

Use your graphics program's 'cloning tool' to blank out the sign so that you can add your own message, then use the 'text' tool to do the writing.

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