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Have fun by screwing scammers and making them work for you!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by rootkat, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. rootkat

    rootkat Registered Member

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    Just like everybody in the world I get spam. Gmail blocks 99% of it (yey) and I block the remaining 1% ... but that still takes up space in my precious gmail! Especially on the screen where it says "Spam (517)" ... takes up WAY too much space.

    So, I had an idea because I'm bored and I know this isn't anything new. The idea is to make the scammer work for you. Will it work? Maybe, maybe not, but if it does ... you'll get the easiest money in your life.

    So, what's the plan?


    1. Go to your e-mail spam box
    2. Pick a "You've won $10 000 000 USD in Inheritance" 'type' of e-mail. The point is to pick an e-mail which they ask for a reply. The V1agra and pharmacy image spam ads will do you no good. Contest type e-mails (where they ask for a reply with a/s/l) are also good.
    3. Hit the reply button and make sure you are replying to the person they say to reply to. In other words, if the e-mail actually came from xyz@aol.com but they say to reply to Lexus.Winnings.Contest@hotmail.com ... reply to the latter.
    4. Write up a spiffy e-mail telling them you are so excited but cannot give them information until they prove they are human (sample e-mail which I use below)
    5. Send
    Sample e-mail which I use:

    Or something along those lines. Yeah, I know ... it's not exactly a "OMG I WON? I WIN!!!1111000" type happy e-mail, but it's something to get the good ol' creative noodle juices flowing.

    Not new, but it's fun to do and it takes all of copy and paste time to do. Of course, change the country and CPA offers to match the e-mail location :)

    A small tip: don't do this from your personal e-mail. Only do this from e-mails you really don't care about. There's always a chance the scammers are decent hackers. So play it safe and you might just get some 'free' monies!

    Cheerio,
    -- The Root Kat
     
  2. rootkat

    rootkat Registered Member

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    Yup, I considered that fact. And I'm actually very sure they are not checking most of their e-mails.

    BUT, on the off chance they are they still might not fill out a CPA offer ... just like you said. It's a very real and very likely scenario.

    Though, a well structured reply to their scam message will probably get a response. And if you simply ask for them a small thing, they will probably do it since they have nothing to lose except 10 seconds of work for a possible sucker who will send them $5,000 USD ... so from their end it might be a worth while investment.

    Plus, I don't really waste any time. I loose all of 1 minute to find a few interesting spam messages and copy and paste my reply to them.

    Will this work? Doubt it. But it's fun. Plus,if I manage to get into a conversation with one of them ... I can use those messages to make a blog about it. Then monetize that blog.

    There are many ways to spin this idea. That was just a start. Just like everything in life, I like to have fun :)
     
  3. homenet

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    The main problem with this is that 99% of the "DEAR SIR YOU HAVE INHERITED $650,000" emails are from people in nigeria.. good luck finding a cpa offer for nigeria. even the worldwide offers will get scrubed BIG time with leads from a country like nigeria.

    So yes, perhaps its fun, but no you wont make any money from it :)
     
  4. rootkat

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    I know, no real monies to be made here. But, who knows ... maybe there is a motivated scammer who will get a proxy and actually do it?

    We have seen stranger things happen around here.
     
  5. raidel21

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    The number one rule is NEVER reply to spam..
    One of the reason spammers ask to reply is to see if
    you actually do respond , this way they know someone is on the other end.
    And you will get more spam...non stop.

    Here's an idea...how about putting together an actual money making
    idea and running a campaign...It's called Internet Marketing.
     
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  6. Jared255

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    reply to spam = more spam
     
  7. mikie46

    mikie46 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    OP ='s MORON.
     
  8. Knoxgates

    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    You think they are idiot's to fill your CPA offer. They are hardcore spammers not novice users. If anybody think this is going to convert try it yourself and see the results.
     
  9. The Captain

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    I want a review copy, what's your email address?
     
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  10. The Scarlet Pimp

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    one problem is that you must read a lot of the spam in order to make this work.
    i'd rather flush it down the memory hole...
     
  11. yamahafzr

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    if only i had a dollar for every nigerian. o wait! i can
     
  12. WrinkleCreme

    WrinkleCreme Newbie

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    What about all of those emails that are like:

    Code:
    This is just to let you know that I've visited blabla.com today
    and really like it. I run a site similar to yours, and I was wondering
    if you would like to trade links with me? Trading links between each of
    us is beneficial to both of us in terms of search engine ranking, nor
    are we competing between each other. You can visit my link page at
    [U]----- [/U]There you will find
    your link with thumbnail picture already added to
    -----
    
    I have already given your site a prominent listing on my page at -----  
    If you link back to my site, I will maintain my link to your site as long
     as you do the same to keep pointing to my site.
    
    These guys are hoping for a response and are more likely to read. I don't think they will fall for cpa offers, but some clever iframing could work or since these are other webmasters you could promote things to them such as hosting, auto responder accounts, mlm, or whatever other money making referral programs your involved in.

    Some cpa programs also will pay you a percentage of the $ your referrals make. If you signup a bigtime spammer he might rake it in for you and you don't have to do any work...