Interesting Reads: 23 May 2009

by Manshu on May 23, 2009

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A friend told me that he had a colleague who likes to respond to Nigerian scammers from work. Every day after lunch, he opens up his Gmail spam folder and replies to each and every scammer who wants to mail him a million dollars.

He thanks them profusely, assures them that they reaffirm his faith in humanity and tells them that because they have been so kind, they can keep the money themselves or donate it to charity.

He thinks that replying to Nigerian scammers is the most unproductive thing he can do with his time (he loves his employer) and it gives him the pleasure of getting even.

I found this little story really hilarious and that was pretty much the most interesting thing I came across this week.

On to our usual great stuff from the blogosphere:

  1. How to Travel with Money at The Digerati Life
  2. How to be a Millionare: Secrets to Success at The Smarter Wallet
  3. The Economics of CAFE at The Baseline Scenario
  4. Review: Hot Flat and Crowded at Weakonomics
  5. How Should a Budget Planner Handle Windfalls at Vilkri
  6. Credit Card Act of 2009 — Good or Bad at Cash Money Life
  7. Rise of the Silver Surfer at The Reformed Broker
  8. How To Find Best Mortgage Rates at Five Cent Nickel
  9. Why academics make better bloggers than journalists
  10. Introducing the Expensive Loan Option by Bad Money Advice

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Kim Woodbridge May 23, 2009 at 4:23 am

Hi – I don’t know how you find all the articles for your lists πŸ˜‰ The story about the person who responds to the scam emails reminded me of this article I read about paypal and facebook scams.

http://consumerist.com/5263537/bad-luck-facebook-scammer-you-picked-a-target-who-reads-consumerist

The line about why they want to use paypal is really funny.

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manshuv May 23, 2009 at 8:13 am

That was hilarious Kim πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine how they thought that up. Great imagination though πŸ™‚ Now, if you will excuse me, I have to buy a color printer.

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The Digerati Life May 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I love your story on the scammers. Once upon a time, I had the time to spend performing these type of tricks against scammers. Now I’m way too busy! I have so many creative ideas about how to bait these people for the fun of it. How to scam a scammer, I should say. Sigh.

Thanks for the mention! πŸ™‚

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