Turning The Table On Spammers - Check Out This Funny Video

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

If you have a blog or website, or even just an email address, then you have been contacted by a spammer. They even send text messages to our phones now!

 

You know the ones I'm talking about....

The lawyer contacting you on behalf of the dead oil tycoon, who wants to send you several million dollars.

The long lost relative you never knew you had....suddenly you're an heir!

The businessman that wants to send you extra money for your trouble and you can keep most of it, just send a couple hundred back to him.

 

The messages usually contain grammatical errors and misspelled words....the sender usually claims to be some sort of authority figure promising great fortune and has only the best of intentions.

Sometimes it's bank information and/or social security numbers they are looking for, sometimes it's a link they want you to click or a phone number they want you to call.

I would like to think that most of us are smart enough not to fall for this foolishness,

but I have to wonder because they keep on coming. They wouldn't be doing it if it weren't profitable for them.

The most common way to handle spam is to simply delete it. Report it, of course, if you have that option....but don't ever engage.

Don't engage!

Well...that is unless you have a really good sense of humor and want to give the spammer a chance to feel just how irritating communicating with a stranger can be. 

Check out this video that shows just how much fun it can be to turn the tables on these dirt bags and give them a taste of their own medicine. 

 

Thank you James Veitch for sharing your very funny approach to dealing with spammers!

 

Although I find this very funny, I do not in any way suggest you should communicate with these people. I have had some great fun at the callers' expense many times during election years when bombarded with poll calls. Those people are also annoying, but harmless. Spammers can be dangerous and it's probably best not to mess with them. 

 

UPDATE:

Unbelievable! An hour after posting this I found this message on my home page:

 

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
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OMG Sharon, this is hilarious.  He is very clever.  Thanks for the good laughs.

Feb 12, 2017 08:06 AM #45
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Sharon I have not laughed so hard for a long time, did not think TED talks were that funny.

Feb 12, 2017 08:09 AM #46
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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That was hilarious, Sharon. So much of the stuff we get really is ridiculous, and it could be fun to be eqully ridiculous back to them. I would never do so, for a number of reasons, but thinking about what you could say is fun for a brief moment!

Jeff

Feb 12, 2017 08:12 AM #47
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Margaret Goss
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Got me laughing out loud!  I wish I had the wit to reply like guy did.

Feb 12, 2017 09:37 AM #48
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Marte Cliff
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That was wonderful! I so seldom watch videos (because I'm on Satellite Internet and it eats up my monthly data allowance) but for some reason, I couldn't resist this one.

Now I'm sending a link to a friend who has fun doing something similar with the idiots who call on the phone. If I hadn't been busy yesterday I'd have done the same with the woman who called to tell me I had stayed at one of their resorts and so was entitled to...

Funny - I got a letter similar to yours a few days ago. Only the deceased was named Edward Cliff.

Feb 12, 2017 09:50 AM #49
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Sharon Tara
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Lou Ludwig  Not sure how much it will protect, but it sure amuses!

Kathy Streib  Nice surprise today! Thank you!

Michael Jacobs  HaaHaa....yeah my windfall. That would be nice!

Kat Palmiotti  Easier, but nowhere as much fun!

Lise Howe  He is a very funny guy and I really love funny guys!

 

Feb 12, 2017 11:57 AM #50
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Sharon Tara
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Jill Sackler  Something tells me this guy has lots of practice and it just comes naturally to him.

Sam Shueh  I was receiving close to 100 spam messages every few days until my husband took care of them for me. He did something in the settings I think and I hardly get any now. Unfortunately we can't seem to stop them all, especially here on AR and from our websites.

 

 Debbie Gartner I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's something we can all relate to and the humor is something we all need more of in our lives!

Nick & Trudy Vandekar  Funny is my favorite form of talk. LOL

Jeff Dowler  I wouldn't risk messing with them either, but I am very glad that this video was made and that I found it because I love it!

 

Feb 12, 2017 12:10 PM #51
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Sharon Tara
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Margaret Goss  Me too. Spot on, absolute comedic genious!

Marte Cliff  I'm sure your friend loved it as much as we did. That AR spam message must be making the rounds. Hopefully if enough of us report it, they will be able to stop it.

 

 

Feb 12, 2017 12:10 PM #52
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Loved it!  Totally ridiculous indeed!  I  want my toaster!

Feb 12, 2017 12:40 PM #53
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Sharon Tara
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Anna Banana Kruchten  We all can use a good laugh and this video provides it!

Feb 13, 2017 04:52 AM #54
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
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Hi Sharon,
Great video; we would all like to prank the scammers.  Too bad the scammers are not so easily identified as in the video.  They keep on getting more and more sophisticated,  Wish they were all easy to spot.  I was fooled by a Facebook clone recently.  Fortunately, I was able to ID them after a couple of strange message contacts.

Feb 13, 2017 02:13 PM #55
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Ed Silva
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Now I'm disappointed I didn't get that email as I could use a new toaster

Feb 13, 2017 02:41 PM #56
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Funny video loved it the Delonghi Toaster  is a good one indeed on the other hand I prefer the Breville:)) just kidding,Endre

Feb 13, 2017 10:33 PM #57
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Sharon Tara
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate  The facebook clones are not as easy to ID because they are masked as a friend usually. Glad you figured it out before any damage was done.

Ed Silva  I'm not sure a new toaster would be worth the cost of dealing with these guys. LOL!

Endre Barath, Jr.  Can't help but love a man who knows his toasters! LOL

 

Feb 14, 2017 12:31 PM #58
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Debbie Reynolds
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Who has time to fool with them at all. Sometimes I am tempted to lead them on but the last time I did that I got a really good cussing from them. They left me alone after that.

Feb 14, 2017 05:16 PM #59
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Sharon Tara
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Debbie Reynolds  I would rather spend that time watching a video like this one. LOL

Feb 14, 2017 07:27 PM #60
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Love the video! The latest scams I'm getting pertain to my future. Apparently, someone thinks their crystal ball knows what's going to happen to me. It started about a month ago, and now they edited it to read they know what' going to happen to me this week. Imagine that, someone who doesn't even know me or anything about me has my future in the palm of their hands!

Feb 19, 2017 07:28 AM #61
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Sharon Tara
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Patricia Feager  That just sounds plain creepy to me. I hope you find a way to make that stop!

Feb 19, 2017 08:04 AM #62
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
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I love it turning the tables is always a fun thing to do usually takes more effort than its worth but its satisfying ;-)

Feb 13, 2018 06:27 PM #63
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Sharon Tara
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New Hampshire Home Stager

David Martin He obviously has much more talent for this sort of thing than the rest of us!

Feb 15, 2018 02:29 PM #64
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