Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer (Hardcover)

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James Veitch is something of a tech prankster.  Have you ever wondered who all those scam emails are for?  Apparently for James.  Let's say someone emails you that they have a large amount of money in a box they would like to split with you.  The one catch is that you need to give them your name, and address, as well as pay part of a fee to be able to get the said box of money.  James relishes talking with these scammers.  Sometimes he can string them along for days.  While I do not know how I would make a living messing with various scammers, apparently James has.  He has turned his stories into TED talks, comedy shows, and it has even driven him to the late night talk show circuit.  All these tales are told through email and personal messages, which makes it what I call a fantastic chunk reader.  A "chunk reader" is of course a book read in smaller doses.  I like mine when I'm having a bad day and need a laugh to reset or first thing in the morning to get the day started off right.  I implore you to take a wild ride through Veitch's hilarious true stories with a deadpan delivery.  For fans of Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, and Alexandra Petrie.

— From Alex


From viral comedy sensation James Veitch (as seen on TED, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) comes a collection of laugh-out-loud funny exchanges with email scammers.

The Nigerian prince eager to fork over his inheritance, the family friend stranded unexpectedly in Norway, the lonely Russian beauty looking for love . . . they spam our inboxes with their hapless pleas for help, money, and your social security number. In Dot Con, Veitch finally answers the question: what would happen if you replied?

Suspicious emails pop up in our inboxes and our first instinct is to delete unopened. But what if you responded to the deposed princess begging for money in your Gmail? Veitch dives into the underbelly of our absurd email scam culture, playing the scammers at their own game, and these are the surprising, bizarre, and hilarious results.

About the Author

James Veitch is a former Apple Genius whose high-tech comedy picks apart and parodies the constantly evolving and perplexing technology we live with. James has sold out shows throughout the world and presented the third most popular TED Talk of all time. He wrote and performed two viral hit seasons of his show Scamalot with Mashable, has appeared twice on Conan, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

He lives in Islington with his full-body pillow.

Praise For…

"James Veitch is one of those people that come along once every hundred years. I can't be more specific than that."
Conan O'Brien

"From the first page I was intrigued and laughing out loud. Delighted to see someone going out of their way to waste the time of these scammers. James is doing the Lord's work."
Iliza Shlesinger, author of Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity

"A diverting read that may bring you some needed laughs."

"Dot Con is perfect for [Veitch's] superfans as he shares all of his hilarious correspondence, complete with screenshots."

"Hilarious....[A]n uproariously funny read that will make your stomach hurt from laughing so hard."
Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review

"Whip-smart and brilliant. Hysterically funny!"
Harry Hill

"A wicked sense of humor....I laughed my ass off."
The New York Times

"A pleasure."
The Sunday Times (UK)

"A Dave Gorman-esque romp."
Time Out

"Ingenious...One to watch."
Independent (UK)

"Playfully funny...the author's absurdist approach and enthusiasm for his work make for unpredictably funny reading. An amusing, oddball compilation."
Kirkus Reviews

"Summed up in a single word, Dot Con is hilarious!...Dot Con brings to light the potentially life-changing repercussions that these scammers can have on an innocent person's life....English teachers will probably hate this book because of the misuse of the English language...a great read."The Seattle Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306874598
ISBN-10: 0306874598
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 208


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