What if you toyed with an email scammer by pretending to play along? The game is afoot with humorist James Veitch!

He’s a brilliant comedian who found himself in the mood one day to mess with someone who makes a living out of messing with others.

Image: James Veitch scams a scamer

Source: Mashable

Here’s what TED.com says about this video:

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal. 1

This is really a funny story from a really funny guy – his other videos are hilariously brilliant too! See what you think…

Via: TED 2

Do you know about the TED stage? TED.com is one of the most interesting corners of the web and EWC features the best of their talks a couple times each month. If I do say so myself, EWC and TED are the only places I have found where smart people, curious and hopeful, can always come away transformed.

You can visit our Must-See TED Talk page and start with those, then branch out to our ever-growing TED Talk list of articles that include other great TED Talks.

Must-See TED Talks!

To sum things up, it’s good to know there are people with a sense of humor, creative minds, and innovations yet to come about every subject under the sun. That’s what you’ll find here at Ever Widening Circles, every day.

Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

Want to have a little more fun?

Head to our homepage to check out our latest articles, circles, and archives! Even better, subscribe below to receive the latest from EWC right to your inbox!

Or scroll down to the bottom of this page where you’ll find a few of my favorite articles that relate!



  1. Veitch, James. “This Is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email.”TED.com. TED, Dec. 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <https://www.ted.com/talks/james_veitch_this_is_what_happens_when_you_reply_to_spam_email?language=en>.
  2. Veitch, James. “This Is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email | James Veitch.” YouTube. TED, 01 Feb. 2016. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QdPW8JrYzQ>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.