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Delete This at Your Peril: One Man's Fearless Exchanges with the Internet Spammers [Hardcover]

Bob Servant
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1 Oct 2007
This is a hilarious collection of email exchanges starring the anti-hero of spam, Bob Servant. Spam is the plague of the electronic age. It comprises 90 per cent of all emails and GBP150 million was conned from Britons in 2006 alone. Into this wave of corruption steps the brave figure of Bob Servant - a former window cleaner and cheeseburger magnate with a love of wine, women and song as well as a keen sense of fair play. This wickedly funny and original book features the anarchic exchanges between Bob and the hapless spam merchants. As they offer Bob lost African millions, Russian brides and get-rich-quick scams he responds by generously offering some outlandish schemes of his own. The spammers may have breached his firewall, but they have met their match as Bob Servant rises heroically to the challenge, and sows confusion in his wake.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845132866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845132866
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Genius! Highly entertaining and brilliantly deranged' -- Maxim

`Hilarious. I laughed so much I nearly gave him my account number' -- Martin Kelner, The Guardian

About the Author

Bob Servant is a sixty-two-year-old, semi-retired resident of Dundee. He has previously worked as a merchant sailor and window cleaner, among other occupations, but now describes himself as 'an unemployed gigolo'. Neil Forsyth is an author and journalist. A fellow Dundonian and friend to Bob Servant for over twenty years, he has recently completed Servant's biography, Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee, also available from Birlinn. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book You Will Ever Read 4 Nov 2010
What more can I say? An new edition of the original 'Delete This at Your Peril' with new material.

Bob Servant takes on the internet spammers, confusing and frustrating them at every turn. With the promise of a money transfer by Western Union hanging in the balance, the Spammers patiently agree to Bob's bizarre requests (e.g. a talking lion for Bob's friend's private zoo).

Can't add any more praise than that already given for the original version except to say that the new material is every bit as good as the rest.

The email exchanges are currently made into a radio series being broadcast by Radio Scotland with Brian Cox playing the role of Bob.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a bit conflicted! 7 Nov 2011
By Apollo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is funny, of that there is no doubt. The problem I have is that I didn't find it anywhere near as funny as some of the reviewers here, I think my expectations were somewhat raised by the glowing reviews

To give a bit of background, I had never heard of our Bob nor come across the website prior to reading this book so, somehow, he has managed to pass me by. What convinced me to buy this book was that I was intrigued with it being set in Dundee (Broughty Ferry to be precise and I'm a local) so I did find the inclusion of well known pubs and eateries a bit unique to begin with but that was something that soon wore off.

The book is essentially a rehash of the tactic of baiting the old "419" scammers (Google it if you are unsure) and authors of other related fraudulent online activities. As such, it breaks absolutely no new ground. In fact, I found the joke to be stretched a bit thin and repetitive by about the halfway mark. That said, there are a few real laugh out loud moments but it does get a bit tedious.

What makes the book different is that we do get to know more about Bob as he, bit by bit, reveals himself whilst replying to the various scam artists he encounters and that is where the real humour is found.

I think Forsyth has pitched this book at a perfect length as the joke could not have been maintained over a longer piece. Once I knew how Bob was going to react to any of the various ploys presented and the fact that it's been done before, I found myself "hurrying" to finish it.

It gets an OK from me and at the current (Kindle) price of under a pound it's worth a punt, which is more than can be said for some of Bobs schemes!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spamtastically good 20 Sep 2009
This book detailing Neil Forsyth's alter-ego Bob 'Godzilla' Servant's hilarious exchanges with various internet spammers will not fail to amuse even the most discerning reader. Firstly, Forsyth's description of his creation's life and career in Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) are spot on and the fact that he was once one of the foremost cheeseburger vendors and window cleaners in the area (until the gypsies allegedly stole his ladders...) are very funny indeed. The author has a surreal and somewhat bizarre sense of humour which is perfectly pitched in the eight different chapters describing Bob's exchanges with various internet hoaxers. The ones which really stood out for me and made me laugh like an idiot on the train were when he wanted to be remunerated in lions instead of cash and the fictitious stories in the local paper detailing his related activities. Bob's 'business' suggestions are even more whacky than the spammers' and most of the exchanges end with a series of odd happenings which proclude Bob from wiring the money to his 'boss'.

The good thing about this book is that it's a fairly undemanding read and hence can be enjoyed in small chunks, which is perfect for a medium length commute. After reading this I'd be very interested in the author's other titles as it's clear he's exactly on my wavelength.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Spam Fun 22 Aug 2008
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
With the internet age has come all kinds of wonderful new convinces we now rely on every day. But with every plus comes a minus, and for most of us that minus is spam. Every morning, I hate wading through the massive amount of e-mails I get that I'm not even interested in reading.

One man decided to have some fun, however. And we get to share that fun because of this book. "Bob Servant" (and the observant person will pick up on that name faster than I did) decided to reply to some of his spam and see how long he could drag out the exchanges without the other side catching on or giving up. Here in, we get eight such exchanges and the results are hilarious.

Most of these e-mails start out all too familiar. There's the African native who needs Bob to get money out of the country. Theirs the Chinese company looking for a local person in Scotland to help with local payments. And there's Alexandria, who is more interested in Scottish men than her native Russians.

But what follows is anything but routine. It's hard to describe just how great this book because half the fun is watching how the events unfold. Twice, Bob turns a job offer into a potential job for the spammer when he pretends to be interested in buying a painting or a bunch of pots.

But my favorite exchanges cross the line into the absurd. Some of these involve wild animals and the postman. But that's all I'm going to say. Well, that and it reveals just how desperate the criminal spammers are to get the information they need. They are certainly persistent. And rather stupid themselves.

I've got to give the author credit. He has created a great world you real get involved in. In each exchange we get to see a different side of Bob and his friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Funniest book I've read in ages
Published 6 days ago by MRS JASMIN FARQUHAR
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed til I cried, reading this book. ...
I laughed til I cried, reading this book. It might not be for everyone, but it is a poke in the eye for anyone who's ever sent a scam email.
Published 9 days ago by Lippy Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars But it is extremely funny, particularly for those who enjoyed the...
Today this is a Kindle Daily Deal, so it's very cheap. I am about half way through. The format -- nonsensical replies to genuine scam emails (Russian Brides, Nigerian Bank... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars but still a very funny read.
Read the books having seen the TV programme. The characters and situation is somewhat different, but still a very funny read.
Published 25 days ago by Brownshoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book - very amusing
Published 2 months ago by Sue'sViews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley HILLARIOUS, at one point I thought I would ...
Absolutley HILLARIOUS, at one point I thought I would have a respiratory arrest as I was laughing so hard! Definatley worth a read.
Published 3 months ago by Miss J A Ramsay - Baggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is VERY funny!!!
Published 3 months ago by Aimee Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Bob is witty, sarcastic, opinionated and wise. He's from Broughty Ferry near Dundee. He does to e-mail spammers what they do to us and very funny the results are too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fatboy Fat
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute work of comedy genius....
It's like the time wasters letters times one thousand. A total unsuspecting anti-hero. If only I could physically attach him to my email account as an automated reply. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gavin.dring
4.0 out of 5 stars Email spamming at its best
If you ever wondered what happened when you replied to spam emails, the answers lie here. Bob plays the spammers at their own game. The lion story did make me laugh out loud.
Published 7 months ago by The Piebald Princess
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