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

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. (Laughter) I know. (Laughter) 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. (Laughter) And I said, “Solomon,
Your email intrigues me.” (Laughter) (Applause) And the game was afoot. He said, “Dear James Veitch,
We shall be shipping Gold to you.” (Laughter) “You will earn 10%
of any gold you distributes.” (Laughter) So I knew I was dealing
with a professional. (Laughter) I said, “How much is it worth?” He said, “We will start
with smaller quantity,” — I was like, aww — and then he said, “of 25 kgs. (Laughter) The worth should be about $2.5 million.” I said, “Solomon, if we’re
going to do it, let’s go big. (Applause) I can handle it.
How much gold do you have?” (Laughter) He said, “It is not a matter
of how much gold I have, what matters is
your capability of handling. We can start with 50 kgs
as trial shipment.” I said, “50 kgs? There’s no point doing this at all unless you’re shipping
at least a metric ton.” (Laughter) (Applause) He said, “What do you do for a living?” (Laughter) I said, “I’m a hedge fund
executive bank manager.” (Laughter) This isn’t the first time
I’ve shipped bullion, my friend, no no no. Then I started to panic. I was like, “Where are you based?” I don’t know about you, but I think if we’re going
via the postal service, it ought to be signed for. That’s a lot of gold.” He said, “It will not be easy
to convince my company to do larger quantity shipment.” I said, “Solomon, I’m completely
with you on this one. I’m putting together a visual for you
to take into the board meeting. Hold tight.” (Laughter) This is what I sent Solomon. (Laughter) (Applause) I don’t know if we have
any statisticians in the house, but there’s definitely something going on. (Laughter) I said, “Solomon, attached to this email
you’ll find a helpful chart. I’ve had one of my assistants
run the numbers. (Laughter) We’re ready for shipping
as much gold as possible.” There’s always a moment where they try
to tug your heartstrings, and this was it for Solomon. He said, “I will be so much happy
if the deal goes well, because I’m going to get
a very good commission as well.” And I said, “That’s amazing,
What are you going to spend your cut on?” And he said, “On RealEstate,
what about you?” I thought about it for a long time. And I said, “One word; Hummus.” (Laughter) “It’s going places. (Laughter) I was in Sainsbury’s the other day and there were like
30 different varieties. Also you can cut up carrots,
and you can dip them. Have you ever done that, Solomon?” (Laughter) He said, “I have to go bed now.” (Laughter) (Applause) “Till morrow. Have sweet dream.” I didn’t know what to say! I said, “Bonsoir
my golden nugget, bonsoir.” (Laughter) Guys, you have to understand,
this had been going for, like, weeks, albeit hitherto the greatest
weeks of my life, but I had to knock it on the head. It was getting a bit out of hand. Friends were saying, “James,
do you want to come for a drink?” I was like, “I can’t, I’m expecting
an email about some gold.” So I figured I had
to knock it on the head. I had to take it
to a ridiculous conclusion. So I concocted a plan. I said, “Solomon,
I’m concerned about security. When we email each other, we need to use a code.” And he agreed. (Laughter) I said, “Solomon, I spent all night
coming up with this code we need to use
in all further correspondence: Lawyer: Gummy Bear. Bank: Cream Egg. Legal: Fizzy Cola Bottle.
Claim: Peanut M&Ms. Documents: Jelly Beans. Western Union: A Giant Gummy Lizard.” (Laughter) I knew these were all words
they use, right? I said, “Please call me Kitkat
in all further correspondence.” (Laughter) I didn’t hear back.
I thought, I’ve gone too far. I’ve gone too far.
So I had to backpedal a little. I said, “Solomon, Is the deal still on? KitKat.” (Laughter) Because you have to be consistent. Then I did get an email back from him. He said, “The Business is on
and I am trying to blah blah blah …” I said, “Dude, you have to use the code!” What followed is the greatest email
I’ve ever received. (Laughter) I’m not joking, this is what
turned up in my inbox. This was a good day. “The business is on. I am trying to raise the balance
for the Gummy Bear — (Laughter) so he can submit all the needed
Fizzy Cola Bottle Jelly Beans to the Creme Egg, for the Peanut M&Ms process to start. (Laughter) Send 1,500 pounds via a Giant Gummy Lizard.” (Applause) And that was so much fun, right, that it got me thinking: like, what would happen if I just spent
as much time as could replying to as many
scam emails as I could? And that’s what I’ve been doing for three years on your behalf. (Laughter) (Applause) Crazy stuff happens when you start
replying to scam emails. It’s really difficult, and I highly recommend we do it. I don’t think what I’m doing is mean. There are a lot of people
who do mean things to scammers. All I’m doing is wasting their time. And I think any time
they’re spending with me is time they’re not spending
scamming vulnerable adults out of their savings, right? And if you’re going to do this —
and I highly recommend you do — get yourself a pseudonymous email address. Don’t use your own email address. That’s what I was doing at the start
and it was a nightmare. I’d wake up in the morning
and have a thousand emails about penis enlargements, only one of which
was a legitimate response — (Laughter) to a medical question I had. But I’ll tell you what, though, guys, I’ll tell you what: any day is a good day,
any day is a good day if you receive an email
THE FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT.” I was like, oh! — that Winnie Mandela. (Laughter) I know so many. “I NEED TO TRANSFER 45 MILLION DOLLARS
NELSON MANDELA’S HEALTH CONDITION.” Let that sink in. She sent me this, which is hysterical. (Laughter) And this. And this looks fairly legitimate,
this is a letter of authorization. But to be honest, if there’s nothing
written on it, it’s just a shape! (Laughter) I said, “Winnie,
I’m really sorry to hear of this. Given that Nelson died three months ago, I’d describe his health condition
as fairly serious.” (Laughter) That’s the worst health condition
you can have, not being alive. She said, “KINDLY COMPLY
WITH MY BANKERS INSTRUCTIONS. ONE LOVE.” (Laughter) I said, “Of course. NO WOMAN, NO CRY.” (Laughter) (Applause) She said, “MY BANKER WILL NEED
TRANSFER OF 3000 DOLLARS. ONE LOVE.” (Laughter) I said, “no problemo. I SHOT THE SHERIFF.” [ (BUT I DID NOT SHOOT THE DEPUTY) ] (Laughter) Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

  1. I've watched and liked this video. I'VE ALREADY SEEN IT 3 TIMES STOP RECOMMENDING IT YOUTUBE.

  2. What a waste of a TED talk. And of course it's the most viewed TED on YouTube.

  3. I once got a scam email from an African dude about a long lost uncle in Zimbabwe or something who left a whole fortune to me. I kept asking him questions about my beloved uncle and offered to send him a shipment of gold as a thank you if he sent me money, but he didn't reply. 🙁

  4. My friend, Steve, called a scammer and when Steve was asked about a credit card, Steve said, “I don’t have a credit card but can I offer you an library card (or somewhere along those lines)?I don’t have any money,” And so I shouted, “I’ll sell you my daughter!” Steve laughed so loud he had to hang up on the scammer.

  5. I bet that last part confused everyone who didn't know who bob marley is.

  6. Copying what this guy did years ago

  7. The business is on. I am trying to raise the balance for the Gummy Bear so he can submit all the needed Fizzy Cola Bottle Jelly Beans to the Creme Egg for the Peanut M&Ms process to start. Send £1,500.00 via a Giant Gummy Lizard.

  8. the person who hacked my computer and youtube account puts this video constantly on my youtube recommendations

  9. Makes me think to avoid spam we need AIs to reply to all the spam. If the scammers got a reply from every email they sent, they could never find many of the real poor fools.

  10. Is this really worth a ted talk? I came for technology education or design

  11. This guy is so cheesy and nerdy it makes me cringe. Lol no way this is true, but I like the effort.

  12. TED Omg… I didn't know this!
    You did get that Scammer right where you wanted him!

    I realize you would probably ask me Professionally, "Well… How would You handle it Sonic Boom Konkar Badger?"

    I have a smartphone and I just Block Spam Emails from my Smartphone when I get them. I just let them know I'm not interested without saying anything.


    Because I've always heard rumors that a lot of Online Spammers have an Tool they can use. All they really need then is one reply from you.

    I just feel like if some online spammers can still get access to everything I have that is rightfully mine, I really don't want to take a chance with them. They could do anything with my bank account, and then Switch Identity. If he was a Worldwide Criminal, I could be chosen to Take the Fall while the Scoundrel who did all of this to me Lives in Total Luxury with my money. My only Professional Question is what else would you do to prevent anyone from obtaining your Money or worse like I would do to protect myself online?

    We all should Protect our online Identity and I agree. Even you.. even Me.

  13. Lawyer: Gummy Bear
    Bank: Creme Egg
    Legal: Fizzy Cola Bottle
    Claim: Peanut M&Ms
    Documents: Jelly Beans
    Western Union: A Giant Gummy Lizard
    James: KitKat

  14. That was painful. It's so obviously a fake correspondence in order to prop up his unfunny stand up routine. And if it's real, it's even less funny. Gotta hand it to him though. Got 43 million views with his garbage "humor"

  15. I found this video funny but the comment section is a mess. People cimplain about waisting their time on it. Did someone force you to watch the video? Was a gun to your head? This guy is having a fun time yet here you are complaining. I'm sorry, I didnt see you on Ted Talk, saying something more intelligent than him. I would kindly suggest doing aomething with your own life rather than complaining about someone else's

  16. I’ve watched this at least 5 times over the past 3 or so years and it never stops being funny

  17. So many spammers on the internet in this age, and so many ways to be left vulnerable when surfing. Check out my space on quora 'House of Gemini' for tips on how to protect yourself and your gadgets from scammers, spammers and other vices

  18. That was not a Scammer. I also sell Gold for this price and amount. If you want to know more first send me 15.000$ via Western Union.

  19. is it just me but I've been looking for scam emails in my inbox?

    just me? ok….

  20. What if the Spam is NOT Spam…? For Canada, for The PPC and… for Mad Max.

  21. I’m very confused. Are they British? They sound too smart for my brain to handle.

  22. My computer also always pop up with some penis enlargement ads, can anyone teach me how to remove it? T_T I don't know what'll happen If my mum see It

  23. TED plays a double game . They have very good talks that seemingly are democratic and support the everyday person . But behind TED is a diabolical cabal of super wealthy interests who want to take over the world

  24. I "played" a scammer who sent the usual… you have inherited….
    Long story short I acted in several emails like a
    hick falling for his scam.
    When he finally went to the Western Union and saw there was no money, and I had been playing him for 2 weeks,
    He called ME an animal!
    Me? Wow, blind crook.

  25. all this is complete rubbish…he didn't reply to any email and he did not write any of the puerile junk he said he did…this was a script he made up to make the video… he is nothing but a pathetic douche (for lying and deceiving people).

  26. He really a genius and very much charm,he made people believe such like a real talk

  27. Who else watches these silently before selecting, only to forget you are when you go to rewind it? Lol!

  28. Not only did he wasted the scammers time, he also wasted ours watching this. What an achievement that was, Bravo. He had nothing else better to do

  29. Just a bit. He stole this idea from real scam baiters and made it all up for a fucking bit. And all you idiots go right along and applaud.

  30. wow this is not funny and is way to clean for me my jokes are so dark they get lynched

  31. i feel sorry for people who are entertained by this video that youtube never stops promoting.

  32. well I did that years ago & I said you transfer the money to me first he now I should transfer the money first this went on for 4 months then he said are you the cops to which I replied YES & we are o our way to your place right now we will be at your place in 3.5 mins never heard from him again

  33. Just got a spam email from a shop. Wanna answer smth and prank them but I'm afraid it won't work with our mentality and the reaction'll be worse.

  34. "..It got through my spam filter, I dont know how?"
    Yes you do. You made it all up. You could have REALLY engaged in a conversation with one of these con artists, but oh no, you just made it all up because you are neither creative or funny. You have no balls. Look at you on stage acting like you are so witty and exotic when in fact you sat in your room pretending someone wanted to talk to you and that you were so suave and hilarious. 7:30 "..all I am doing is wasting their time!..".
    Well no, you didnt. You did however, waste the audiences time. Idiot.

  35. Я выкладываю GPS-мошенники там, где есть настоящие имена и личные данные на форумах, так что мое братство может покончить с ними.

  36. Pure Stand Up Comedy Simon Veitch!!! Excellent, intelligent entertainment.

  37. I did this kind of thing once about thirteen years ago. However, we had a parting of the ways after 4 months when I actually got a second phone call in which an angry "barrister" threatened first to take me to court and then to publically expose my failure to send money to him in order to receive my "inheritance." He said he would take me onto TV and expose me on the Oprah show.  Lovely, I replied, I have copies of all our email and postal correspondence and a recording of this and our last telephone conversation. (Which I did.)   At one point, you agreed to take all those costs out of my "inheritance" and send only the rest to me if I would then return 10% to cover your services and expenses.  I love Oprah Winfried and would love to be on her show with you. Set it up.  I never heard from him or my "estate" again.  I guess it was too much to ask him to front the $200 estate fees, transfer, and shipping in return for 10% of twenty million dollars. My wife had answered the phone that time and overheard my side of the conversation. She was upset that I had wasted my time and "endangered" our family. I promised her not to "play games" like that again.  I have not done so again, but it was fun doing once. If I had actually gotten the $17,999,800, or even just got to meet Oprah, she might have "changed her tune," but one never knows . . .

  38. This guy is HlLARl0US! A great 'technical' comedian, in all of the sense.

  39. Plot twist there was no scammer in the first place . HE IS THE ONE SCAMMING PEOPLE .he wrote both messages himself from Salomon and himself both are him .

  40. If you like this, you’d love ”do not even reply”,

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