rconner Posted September 14, 2008 Share Posted September 14, 2008 Today on the NPR (radio) show "This American Life" they had a segment describing the exploits of some of the folks at 419eater.com, who apparently tricked a 419er or "lad" into wasting several weeks and traveling 1400 miles to one of the most dangerous regions on earth in order to scam a church (which he did not know was a fake, concocted by the baiters). The story was more than a bit squirm inducing, but most of all it was very depressing that the target was simply too stupid to realize that the very same tricks he used to fleece others were being used against him (at the end, he gets righteously indignant about having been scammed). The segment captured some of the moral ambiguity involved with baiting, although it has to be acknowledged that the scammer started the process by sending the original 419 mail, and then stringing along with the baiters in hopes of eventually consummating his crime. I think you can download the audio of this segment for free at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Epis...spx?episode=363 -- rick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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