Delete This at Your Peril Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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'I have worked with a lot of funny men - Peter Cook, Spike Milligan, Harry Enfield... Bob servant is in a class of his own.' --Barry Fantoni, Private Eye
'This was my very well received Secret Santa present!... truly hysterical.. cracking book… brilliant read!' --Book Geek Blog
Mentioned as part of Canongate s 40 to Watch important voices of the future --The Skinny
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.
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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.
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.
It's easy to relate to the initial emails he receives if you have ever been in possession of an email account, particularly a few years ago when firewalls aren't what they are now. Numerous emails from Africa, Russia and beyond are responded to by Bob in a variety of ways. At first I almost felt sorry for Bob, his cranky ways descending into near-insanity, with his circle of 'friends' including Frank Theplank and the other boys down the pub ridiculing him at every turn. Initially you want to scream out to him that he needs to realise these emails are a scam and that he shouldn't engage them in conversation, as he'll be sucked in. Then further into the book, it becomes clear that Bob is seeing how far he can push these spammers, and play them at their own game. Finally it dawns that he has known all along what their game was, be it a chinese organisation needing new employees in the UK ('so please forward your bank details so we can transfer payment') or a Russian blonde bombshell (picture attached) who has a sick grandmother with a list of medicine that needs paying for ('please forward bank details and address'), and he is not the gullible Bob we thought he was.
I'm not a huge book reader, and it was only by chance that I stumbled upon this book whilst looking for something else.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading these emails made me want two things. 1) to have a go myself though I know I wouldn't be able to pull it off. 2) a whole series of sequelsPublished 1 month ago by B. DONNELLY
Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find this in the least repetitious. Mr Servant Esq. claims to have received 11 spam emails to which he's responded by stringing the spammer... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anselm
Great fun. Neil Forsyth's thought process is totally weird and at times worrying but entertaining for us.Published 4 months ago by Maggie