Types of Scam Baits

All baits have the aim of wasting the scammer's time and resources. But there are many methods for doing so. Here are some of the most frequent "flavors" of baits:

Straight Bait - Where the baiter plays the part of a classic victim acting in a way that the scammer more or less expects a victim to act. The baiter never gives the scammer what he eventually wants, but trys to give him false hope for as long as possible.

Church Bait - The baiter gets the scammer to join their "church" and perform various feats of change and membership.

Phone Baits - Same as email scam baiting but verbal instead of written. Useful for adding genuineness to a bait and often the source of highly entertaining recordings.

Safari Bait - The baiter trys to trick the scammer into traveling to some far away location to recover money or something else of value. Sometimes the scammer gets stranded on their safari because they counted on the money to get them home. No money, no trip home. Many baiters only believe safari bait successful if the scammer is tricked into traveling at least 200 miles (round trip) or fooled into crossing an international border. 

Art Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to create a piece of art in hopes of getting paid for their efforts. This can generate interesting award for the baiter if successful.

Business Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to do all of the support work necessary to start a business in their country. Searching out acceptable sites, concept drawings allow process, etc...

Treasure Hunt Baits - The scammer is told that there is a treasure buried or hidden some place. This can lead to a safari depending on where the money is located.

Cash Bait - When a baiter successfully steal money away from a scammer. A reverse con. Cash Baiting is prohibited. While I personally have no ethical problem what so ever with seeing a scammer swindled out of his ill-gotten cash, technically this constitutes wire fraud, which is a crime.

Freight Bait - When the scam baiter tricks the scammer into paying the shipping charges for something valuable and then ships him a bunch of worthless items instead. An example of this would be if the scammer sends a phony check to a scam baiter in swap for a new computer, but the baiter refuses to send the computer unless the scammer pays for the shipping (usually through UPS or DHL). When the freight company comes for the item - the baiter gives them a box containing worthless junk. Here is a video about Freight Baits...

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