As technology continues to advance, it's becoming easier for spammers to target unsuspecting internet users. At their best, spammers are an incredibly annoying part of digital life. At their worst, they prey on the most naive members of society. Perhaps that's why it's so satisfying to watch the tables turn on the spammers of the world.
Some people, like James Veitch, have become experts in embarrassing spammers. Others have tricked their would-be scammers into elaborate tasks, like joining a fictions religious order. More and more people are becoming digital vigilantes and coming up with new and creative ways to get revenge against spammers. These underappreciated heroes are doing what most of us have only dreamed of: sticking it to those responsible for the thousands of unread emails in our inboxes.
A Spammer Got Charged $40 By UPS After A Redditor Sent A Box Of Gravel
Redditor /u/AngelOfLight pulled the ultimate troll move on a spammer, managing to trick the spammer out of $40 in the process. The Redditor posted an ad for their PS2 on eBay, then received an email from a person claiming to be an African pastor. The pastor was hoping to get the PS2 at a reduced rate for their orphanage, and the Redditor agreed.
After a little digging, the Redditor tracked the spammer's location to an internet cafe in Lagos, Nigeria. The spammer sent a prepaid UPS label to the Redditor, who slapped it onto a box full of gravel. The spammer was infuriated when they got the package, for which they were charged a $40 delivery fee.
To add insult to injury, the Redditor falsely claimed they had contacted the FBI and given over the spammer's information.
A Redditor Apparently Got A Spammer Fired
Redditor /u/sledge-oatmeal-deer claims to normally ignore spammers, except on one special occasion. The man asked them to sign up for some account with a referral code, and the Redditor reacted by getting the spammer fired.
Apparently, the spammer was using his company's servers to engage in fraudulent activity, and the Redditor managed to track down the business. As it turns out, the spam messages they were being sent were far from legal, and the spammer could be fined up to $750 per message.
The Redditor emailed the company about what their employee was up to during work hours, and a little while later the man's picture was removed from the company website.
A Prankster Tried To Get The Spammer To Hire Him
Mark Pothier of the Boston Globe kept one of his spammers in the lurch for some time, as he made absurd demands and sent rambling emails about the weather. The spammer claimed Pothier agreed to be a representative for their company, and asked for Pothier's personal information. What the spammer got instead was a string of emails detailing Pothier's move to Canada, his disdain for barley, and his lucky number.
Pothier tried to negotiate his commission as a new staffer and also demanded a fancy title that would look good on his business cards. After corresponding for some time, the spammer rescinded their "generous" offer.
A Redditor Managed To Take Control Of Their Spammer's Car
Not all spammers are trying to get money out of you. Take the case of Redditor /u/F3nman, who discovered that someone was using their email address to sign up for spam. The Redditor was fed up with the spam emails, but had little to no means of counteracting them. That is, until the spammer signed up for a Sirius XM radio service, not knowing they had just given the Redditor access to their car's horn.
F3nman started honking the horn whenever other Redditors requested it, before eventually leaving a note in the app: "stop using my email."