There’s a fine line between love and bait.

The whole purpose of ScamSurvivors is to educate the public in how scams work, so they can avoid falling for them. It’s essential that the information is out there and easily searchable. However, this also means that less desirables can also see it. It’s a difficult balancing act between sharing enough information to help and making a “scamming 101” for the scammers themselves. That’s why we often need to be vague when explaining the specifics of a scam. Sometimes a scammer will find us and assume we’re some kind of scammer education centre. A while back we had a scammer join our “live help” room asking for help that we made our new toy. Today I woke up to see this in my inbox:

I’ve been reading your articles and I found them so useful, but I do encounter some difficulties downloading some stuffs you recommended for screen recorder. Could you please help me with that and any other useful info, like good dating sites, latest formats, spoof numbers and all that. I look forward to reading from you. Thanks in anticipation.

Yup, another scammer who’s completely missed the point of the site. From the wording, it sounds like he’s a West African. The use of “formats” for example gives it away. A format is essentially another word for the script they’d use. Time for some more fun I think 😉

Updated to add:

Seems he’s finally grown a second brain cell, but now he thinks I’m the FBI!

“I know you FBI agent!”

We’re still upsetting people.

Recently we’ve had people trying to attack us via our web host. One is a company who still doesn’t get that, because they’re mentioned in a scammer email we’ve quoted, it in no way means WE’RE trying to encourage people to abuse their service. Apparently they missed all the warnings over the site explaing how scammers work and what we do. The other is a “faker maker” who’s pissed we won’t remove his details. Thing is, we’ve spoken to him before and given him an out where all he has to do is speak to law enforcement and provide us the reference number. That apparently was too hard for him to do, so he came back and tried the exact same thing, just via a different avenue. Here’s where we stand on situations like this. Give us a GENUINE reason to remove details, and then (and ONLY then) we will. Ignore our advice and all you’ll do is make us more convinced your details should be there for all to see. We don’t post information lightly, and I will stand by those members of our site who post the information and do EVERYTHING in my power to keep it there when it needs to be there. It’s really that simple.