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More adventures in replying to spam | James Veitch

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James Veitch has spent years doing the tireless, thankless work of replying to spam emailers so you don’t have to. He returns to TED to tell the tale of yet another spam email adventure, this time with a vital lesson attached: How to annoy your way off any spammer’s mailing list. TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences. Enjoy this unedited talk by James Veitch. Filmed at TEDSummit in 2016.
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MrBusDrivr (2 hours ago)
61 hundred scammers did not like this video.... Ba-dum tss! Sorry... I just had this urge to write this...
BHALT0S (2 hours ago)
best ted talk I have watched so far.
Meme Man (6 hours ago)
This guy should be a comedian
Caiden Merritt (7 hours ago)
hi guys im gay and thanks for coming to my ted talk
TheLivingAce (10 hours ago)
5:53 imagine being the laughing guy
Jack Barker (13 hours ago)
Yo guys it’s crazy to think that there are almost 8 million people in the world
laff (1 day ago)
this man must be protected at all costs
Christoph Essig (1 day ago)
thats scripted ... way to obvious
wildchocobo (1 day ago)
You, sir, are a beautiful man. I wholeheartedly appreciate you.
Joseph Patton (1 day ago)
I like talking dirty to them.,,, What are you wearing ? You know, I'm masturbating right now. Ect...
feral kid (1 day ago)
Going to mass? Oh, then you'll be leaving sunday I presume.
Kyrenaz Kanir (1 day ago)
5:53, the guy o the right.
Ecclk o (1 day ago)
Absolutely brilliant
mehrab irani (2 days ago)
Love it
Eaun Hye (2 days ago)
Brilliant
Ignition (2 days ago)
As truly wonderful as this is I can't help but feel there was such a missed opportunity for a 'Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars' joke
TYTYT TYTYT (2 days ago)
Does I think he was a good man
stanz3x (2 days ago)
Basically Ted talks for amateur comedians
Eric Muschlitz (2 days ago)
THIS MAN IS LEGEND 💯
Funworks 163 (2 days ago)
Legend
Manas Joshi (2 days ago)
2:21 Phoebe from Friends
Jessie Raines (2 days ago)
😂🤣😂🤣 more please
Jim Hill (2 days ago)
I love it.
Ananthu Ajju (2 days ago)
This is ridiculously hilarious 😂
lochinvar00465 (2 days ago)
It's 2019 now and curiously I am seeing at lot of hummus showing up on the store shelves in the last year or two. Coincidence? James you nailed it. Any other predictions?
ickn2005 (2 days ago)
That's how much we irritate Min-Liang Tan about the Razor Toaster.
Zayaan Bawany (2 days ago)
I got a scam email from Nigeria telling me that I just bought the whole App Store 😂
Joey Diaz (2 days ago)
soo good
Henry Lloyd-Hughes (2 days ago)
5:52 that guy’s laugh is life
Cortex Vortex Studios (3 days ago)
Get this man a free toaster already.
wet baguette (3 days ago)
5:54 wtf is that guy doing
teaznhandz (3 days ago)
I think James V is one of the funniest people on the planet!!
Vanya Gurachevsky (3 days ago)
Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmus
Jenna Marmalade (3 days ago)
One time my mom got a spam call from Jamaca and this guy was saying that if she made a simple $399 transaction though walmart "Mary Lee" would show up to our house with our check for $1 million and my mom thought it was so funny that she went with it! when he said "a transaction of 399" my mom said "three dollars and ninety nine cents!? sweet" and he was like "no no three hundred and ninety nine dollars" Mom: "ohh... i dont have that much..." Jamaican guy: "you dont have- ohhhh my goshhh. you dont even have $399!?" Mom: sorry JG: well.. how much do you have!? Mom: ... three dollars and nintey nine cents... JG: Oh my goshhh! are you serious!? and he still kept trying to get her to pay $399 through a walmart to walmart transaction XD he even told her what to do when he got to walmart!
Nils Holgersson (3 days ago)
nah, the third fake WhatsApp or whatever- conversation isn't funny anymore
bikinggal1 (3 days ago)
funny as hell...but is he a comedian or is this legit?
Rosario Catalan (3 days ago)
What an icon
Nika Blaz (3 days ago)
I don't get that kind of spam emails...
Fan Girl (3 days ago)
Nika Blaz yeah same
Arbet Benjamin Kwashi (3 days ago)
there should be a 'K.O!' shout at the end 😂
Freddy Marcel-Marcum (3 days ago)
I've got a hundred stories like this🤣 thescambaiter.com
Nitesh Kumar (3 days ago)
Raj Ramesh knows what's up.
Luke Warmwater (3 days ago)
this is ..... fantastic!! I havent laughed that much in months!! what I want to know is, who would click dislike??
Graham Bunton (3 days ago)
This guy is great - much better than when he was in THUNDERBIRDS
Alissa Purplebunnies (3 days ago)
I fucking died and reincarnated watching this hahahaha
What a commedian. 😂😂😂😂
SnoopyCereal (4 days ago)
James: h- The crowd: 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Elle's World (4 days ago)
This is soOoOOooo funny !!!!!!🤣🤣🤣
RDM 010 (4 days ago)
Toaster Bonanza. That kills me.
ena81xx (4 days ago)
wow...TED talks has lowered the bar.
eddie wap (4 days ago)
Great comedy in this lmao
Usmaan Sial (4 days ago)
Because of this Lieutenant is on Mars now.
The Observer (4 days ago)
youtube algorithm forced me here
OnetimeMuffin 71 (4 days ago)
Give this guy some toasters
Michael Fregoso (4 days ago)
That was the funniest Ted Talk ever
Robert J. Holtz (4 days ago)
Brilliant!!
Lars Mogensen (4 days ago)
Even though that this guy is hilarious, i don't feel like this is what TED is about.
Benedikt Brückner (2 days ago)
TED Stands for Technology, ENTERTAINMENT, Design. So I think you can kinda justify this guys talk, but I know what you mean and also kinda agree with you.
Mark James (5 days ago)
He should compete in stand up comedy.
Poop in a bucket (5 days ago)
Scammer: Hehehehe
daniel johnson (5 days ago)
This guy is awesome.
Airwipe (5 days ago)
5:53 it wasn’t that funny...
Maximus Ormerod (5 days ago)
Where's my toaster? Sir, there's no toaster... WHERE'S MY TOASTER! I NEED TO TOAST HUMMUS!
Tolga Baltaci (5 days ago)
Give this man a toaster ffs
Jae Lee (5 days ago)
the 6000 dislikes are the people who send spam emails
Xkawaii {2.0}X :3 (5 days ago)
Scammer gets scammed to the next *LEVEL!*
JoNbBmE9 (5 days ago)
Brilliant
Lynn Munger (5 days ago)
Excellent! Hilarious! I love it! Sounds fun, maybe I"ll try it myself! Thank you!
Toby Blacow (5 days ago)
We have a popular phone scam going on in my area. I've gotten numerous calls from different folks informing me that they are coming to shut off my electric service due to non-payment. According to the caller (who says they are from our local electric company), they have a truck in our area and they are on the way unless I provide the customer service agent with a credit card number to pay the past due amount. I have received these calls at two different businesses I do bookkeeping for and since I knew my account wasn't past due, it is entertaining to play along with them. We once continued to call them back, confront them after listening to their scam and after the fourth time we called, all the agent could say was, "Oh, it's you again!!" before disconnecting. The phone number went out of service after that! It's always a good day when you can get a scammer to give up on you. Also, by tying up their phones, you keep them from harassing other people!! They are getting better though. The last call had spoofed our local energy service's phone number so we couldn't call them back.
That guy though 5:54
James Brown (5 days ago)
419 eaters..YouTube search 419 eaters..have fun
Redblade (5 days ago)
Is he going to make a career out of this then, he is more boring than the spammers?
FARGO GEMINI (5 days ago)
I love me
Rebecca English-Tenji (6 days ago)
Haven’t laughed so hard for AGES.
Human Being (6 days ago)
I love this!!!
Angus O'Brien (6 days ago)
The dudes reaction at 5:53 says it all 😂 💀
pop5678eye (6 days ago)
Preying on vulnerable people? (and yes, this is a set up for a word joke)The sad thing is, there are in fact even more ridiculous scams and gullible victims who genuinely reply with such enthusiasm. Just ask all those elderly with terminal diseases who use their lifetime savings to donate to a church... A church that promises recovery through miracle if you do, but threatens you with eternal damnation if you don't...
thedreadedzero (6 days ago)
How do I get spam emails like this? I just went through my spam folder from the last like 2 years and I've never once gotten any of these type of emails
Susan Behring (6 days ago)
He is brilliant!
A Murry (6 days ago)
The problem with us doing stuff like this ourselves is that 99.9% of the scam emails are just robots now. The true danger.
Shaun Fields (6 days ago)
5:53 Not sure if that guy is loving it, or having a stroke
Pubg Grizzly (6 days ago)
Pause at 1:04
Jewell Chiara (7 days ago)
A toaster bonanza made out of HUMMUS!!!!!
photoallergic (7 days ago)
Not gonna lie, I fell for a scam. When I was about 12 and had my first email account (I'm old), I got an Nigerian scam in the lines of "My family must leave <var_country> and we need to open a bank account in Europe. But for this, we have to transfer <var_amount> Deutschmarks (I'm old) to the account, namely <var_account_details>. The first transfer to the account must be from a European sender for this. We will compensate you with <var_bait_amount> Deutschmarks once the bank confirmed your transaction". It was written really well, in posh Oxford English that would make the Queen's head of PR proud. I had to look up many words in the mail because my English was rather rudimentary back then (was Babelfish around at that time? I think I used Altavista Babelfish). So, after some consideration, I decided to take it for real. It was probably my first scam mail. People lie on the internet? Why would they? I replied (in German-12-year-old English): "If I can help out, I refuse to accept any compensation for doing what is right. I have to save my allowance for some weeks, though". The reply was: "Thank you, friend, we found another way, god bless you. And be aware that some people would lie to you to get your money in the internet, so always ask your parents". Okay, I was naive, but then I got the whole idea of scamming. And that's how a scammer contributed to my faith in humanity.
Joel Ninan (7 days ago)
The guy beside at 5:53 is having a good time :V. Fuck man! He can't stop laughing!
Doge FRSW09 (7 days ago)
lol the ned killed me l0l
marcellaable (8 days ago)
This is genius! I cannot stop laughing...well done!
Rizwan Syed (8 days ago)
I laugh with every sentence he speaks.
Netherlands Boi (9 days ago)
hello I'm your Nigerian Uncle wanting to send you some gold
spacewrangler68 (10 days ago)
why did 6000 people dislike this
Carl Jilks (10 days ago)
Do people pay to see this clown talk?
Damn, you are so hilariously genius!
Max1892 (11 days ago)
funny, but it was made up
Kevin Chen (11 days ago)
I'm in
Some Body (12 days ago)
According to my junk folder in my email I have about 100 million dollars coming my way. All I have to do is pay the shipping costs. Seems legit.
Some Body (12 days ago)
You know I just got the Lt. Kamanda joke. Lt. Commander. Yea I’m slow.
Meetstar173 (12 days ago)
God he should of said that this was stupiter than Jupiter
Kenn tries and fails (12 days ago)
this man is a hero.
Dini でぃに (12 days ago)
So funny.
Patrick McDonald (13 days ago)
Mr. James Veitch, you just made my day. I had to pause the video several times because I NEED TO BREATHE.
NieMonD (13 days ago)
This is golden
Jack F (14 days ago)
Chaotic neutral players be like

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