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This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

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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. Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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ALICIA ZILCH (1 hour ago)
This reminds me of Soloman Vandy from Blood Diamonds.. Also this dude is so hilarious.
Carolina Lamar (3 hours ago)
James was part of this too what about Josue Bill Gregg Lauren and niurka. Que cojones tienen tantos rastreros para una sola gente. Vayanse a la mierda.
Sophia DeChiazza (4 hours ago)
I read James Veitch's book, Dot.con, in one night. Hilarious...laughed so hard I went my pants!
ZA WORLDO (6 hours ago)
If I ever receive email like this dude did than my life would be complete
Danial Ashjari (8 hours ago)
Danial Ashjari (8 hours ago)
he should've said bonne soiree or bonne nuiee shouldn't he?
Jo Je (23 hours ago)
Exo Rev (1 day ago)
this didn’t happen so much that it unhappened things that had
Geek Wolf (1 day ago)
Him:one word Me: T O A S T E R
Neko Knight (1 day ago)
I've never seen a British person do a British accent
The Duchess of Couteau (1 day ago)
*I think we get it! There are spectators in the room! We can hear them! No deed to show their mugs every three seconds!*
Conhan D. (1 day ago)
*Do you need to show the cretins in the audience every other second?*
Real Aiglon (1 day ago)
So true! Nothing more annoying!
Flutsh Brz (1 day ago)
27k bots disliked this video
Rodrigo de Brito (1 day ago)
27K scammers fell for this guy's prank
Rodrigo de Brito (1 day ago)
That was fair dinkum hilarious! Legend!
Distorres (1 day ago)
So sad that’s a fake correspondance
j doubleu (1 day ago)
It's funny when you get a call saying that your SSN is suspended. Lol these idiots can't even speak English or do 2 minutes of research to find out that's impossible.
randomdude22 (1 day ago)
This is the definition of scammer get scammed
G Ball (1 day ago)
Shipping Gold... that’s Gay
ryan myers (1 day ago)
this guy is funny 🤩
Yixing Qian (1 day ago)
frum (2 days ago)
Why does he kind of look like Drake Bell with glasses?
David Renton (2 days ago)
frum - What is a Drake Bell?
benny vols (2 days ago)
7:00 you can tell that that's a man who's broken after 3 years
Tom Whitlock (2 days ago)
This is funny, but it's the most fake thing ever.
Mutten Mong (2 days ago)
is there a solution to avoid all this spam publicity in between the commercials uhm videos, sorry🤭
Debjyoti Biswas (2 days ago)
Best TED talk ever
TurtleBarf 666 (2 days ago)
When he said “I shot the sheriff” I legit started singing “but I didn’t shoot the deputy” OMG IT JUST SHOWED UP
American Rights (2 days ago)
I got a phone call scam asking for money, some credit card and insurance information. At the time I was a minor so I didn't have this stuff. I was also very into music. I played every genre of music, but that day it was metal. So, I asked the lady on the phone if she likes music. She said yes. I offered her a deal I would give her my info and some gullible people's phone #s if she would listen to a song of mine. She said sure. So I put my phone right in front of my amp and turned it all the way up. I played as loud as I could and she stayed on the phone for about ten minutes. I can't decide if the music was good, she was really desperate, or she didn't realize that I was not going to stop playing until she hung up. I overly enjoyed myself in my little victory.
Mark Tracy (2 days ago)
This guy is a hero. We need more like him lol. So funny.
Daan Schreuder (2 days ago)
Tortilla The Bun (2 days ago)
This is all fake, this James Veitch guy simply creates this spam conversation for comedic purposes.
Veli Karppinen (21 hours ago)
Still funny.
Yoozi Insert Name (21 hours ago)
even if it is this guy is a comedian
Rex (2 days ago)
I love being able to reply with Im an arms dealer. so lets talk gold. that end or begins conversations.
crystal4kira (2 days ago)
Scambaiting is an art
shaddup (2 days ago)
Ok boomer
xXPraetoRomeXx (3 days ago)
Kim A (3 days ago)
I seriously love this man. Best Ted Talk I have seen. 😂
Eeveecudroid (3 days ago)
*6:14** "im trying to raise balance for the gummy bear"*
Lucia Triana (3 days ago)
H u m m u s .
Meera Prabhal (3 days ago)
Quick question, is it even safe to reply to spam msgs?
Meera Prabhal (1 hour ago)
@FallenAngelHiroko Thanks! I was just curious. So, it's 'ignore' then.
FallenAngelHiroko (2 hours ago)
Meera Prabhal in some cases, yes. But most times no. You risk getting a virus or something worse.
Christian Frias (3 days ago)
The actual scam is people paying to ear these stories
Egg with 100 subs (3 days ago)
Today in why is this in my recommended
c Nomor (3 days ago)
bby gorl (4 days ago)
this dude is so great
John Frazer - Young Magnates (3 days ago)
Agreed! Inspired me to try it too! 😂
embrj145 (4 days ago)
Lee-enfield 02 (4 days ago)
Not funny at all, period.
TheBlueComet 833 (5 days ago)
I saw this in School one morning.
P.E. Expert - The Savage MC Master (5 days ago)
Is solomon odonkoh watching this right now?
NoOneCaresM8 {-}7 (5 days ago)
"Come with me on my stupid fucking journey"
AFMakers (5 days ago)
I’d love to be filthy rich and send emails to people that believe it’s spam then actually proceed to give them money
John Frazer - Young Magnates (3 days ago)
Dude, that's such an awesome idea. James Veitch would be a billionaire if rich people actually did that!
Liberty AboveAllElse (5 days ago)
Didn't know James Damore is doing comedy now. Rock on James, Screw google !
CrunchyApple 27 (5 days ago)
Anyone else feel like he sounds kinda like Grian? No just me? .....ok
The Seffo Bros (3 days ago)
CrunchyApple 27 that is grian
TRASH. (5 days ago)
Stop recommending me this YouTube
Juanzilla64 (5 days ago)
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that "James Veitch" doesnt sound like a guy who would boss around in prison... not exactly
ShadowGamerX (5 days ago)
So i knew was dealing with a professional 😂😂😂
Angela Davidson (5 days ago)
1:42 That one lady dying in the background 😂😂😂
Bill Carson (5 days ago)
Spam was originally named as so because of a Monty Python sketch made in the mid 70's called, "Spam". The sketch is all about people in a diner wanting a customer to eat any of various dishes containing the unwanted meat. No option to refuse a dish with Spam in it is offered despite repeated requests for Spam-free food. Likewise, today we have email we don't want and have no option to just get emails from people we request them from. It's possible that even the idea for this sketch may have originated with the Green Eggs and Ham story.
Đeath Vader (5 days ago)
The moment this guy realises they are all bots.
Đeath Vader (3 days ago)
That's even sadder...
SpiritualPants (3 days ago)
These are staged for the sake of humor anyways.
Kai Wyn Tan (5 days ago)
3:00 S T O N K S📈📉
Juleah Cephus (6 days ago)
TED talk Is smart people comedy no hate tho
xxwolfpackforlovexx (6 days ago)
Honestly I’d spend 10% of 5mil on hummus, too. Some of it on crisps, too, because carrots should only be dipped in ranch
Minotauro Di Chieti (6 days ago)
_._AlexIsAWeirdoz_._ (6 days ago)
Minotauro Di Chieti Dude 😑
Drewdaddy07 Gaming (6 days ago)
Pyrogue (6 days ago)
Why'd it take me so long to click on this video?
Hayden Lau (6 days ago)
lil hotdog (6 days ago)
a lord amongst men
Itz Seraphina (6 days ago)
*Theodore Conversations*
Ayixlia Merrets (6 days ago)
"Would you consider this mutually profitable proposal as the recipient to the account" is what I just got.
Luke (6 days ago)
STEPHZ_hack on iINSTAGRAM SOLVED My problem..
Remy Frymire (6 days ago)
I don’t know why this is always recommend but I like it
Ben Male (6 days ago)
How do you get spam emails like this?
burger cheese (7 days ago)
I want to thank you for doing this, your really funny
Alena Lyn (7 days ago)
Ha ha ha ha HA
Isa Franco (7 days ago)
plot twist solomon was in the audience
Snow Wolf (7 days ago)
When will Ted show up for his TED talk?
jon 242 (7 days ago)
The 27000 dislikes are from soloman and his coworkers
Bart Simpson (7 days ago)
7:27 He’s the hero Gotham deserves
Lioneagle255 (7 days ago)
When a guy is trying to scam you and you are a savage...
Lioneagle255 (7 days ago)
Guys this is what I call a real TED talk!
jscriber100 (7 days ago)
Youtube algorithm must be Skynet.
Mr. Mannen (7 days ago)
omg i love this
Rocco Bianco (7 days ago)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ka5ZjRNdQnc This is who runs the planet
Denk Sloom (7 days ago)
Solomon man, what a guy.
fred price (7 days ago)
How do I get those scam emails? I want to try this!
Stark Raving Hazelnuts (7 days ago)
9:30 was that a Supernatural reference?? Probably not ಥ‿ಥ nevermind
Felix Rivero (6 days ago)
its a song you fool
Eric Hamilton (8 days ago)
that was a good laugh
Pete Tasker (8 days ago)
I don’t know who came first, this guy or Dave Gorman but one of them completely ripped off the other’s act!
SlightlyCrusty (8 days ago)
And Joe Lycett
rocker123 (8 days ago)
I don't care that a part of this is fake, it's incredibly hilarious
Jotaro Kujo (8 days ago)
Is the deal still on? KitKat.
A A (8 days ago)
What was the point of this.
Duke Dog Tom (8 days ago)
Can the people stop bloody laughing
Earl Playcast (8 days ago)
I'm going to check my emails right now
YourSpectre (8 days ago)
Teacher: So what's your hobby Him: Replying spam emails and going to TED for a 9 minute and 48 second clip and fet over 44 Million views on YouTube
Yhlas Odayev (8 days ago)
Лайкните мой комментарий, пусть иностранцы думают что я что-то умное написал
yanne (8 days ago)
He sounds like Tom holland
Angcool Jay (8 days ago)
Great talk
ph0en1x 66 (8 days ago)
Benita (8 days ago)
“It’s just a shape!”
Chang Noi (9 days ago)
Brilliant humor.
Hapi Phase (9 days ago)
6:31 was so funny lol i died
ldavis6767 (9 days ago)
Brilliant, funny, entertaining. Someone shouldncreat an antispam app that does this automatically. Would make alot of money. All you algorithm geeks get busy.