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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (3 Aug. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184949651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849496513
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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Ingenious...One to watch

--Independent

James Veitch's idea was simple: scam the scammers... Dot Con is the ensuing correspondence; it is a pleasure to watch the growing exasperation of the deserving victims --The Sunday Times, 6 December 2015

You are a total disgrace to manhood. Go f**k yourself.

--Solomon Oddonkoh

About the Author

We've all had those blatant scamming emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safety deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country...

Standard procedure is to delete on sight. But for a comedian with a mischievous side and a lot of time on his hands, the spam folder proved the perfect opportunity to have some fun.

Dot Con is the story of what happened when James Veitch decided to play the scammers at their own game, providing a hilarious showcase of the conversations he orchestrates with online imposters. Naturally, James replies with an offer of help, ready to wire money by Western Union (it's always Western Union) safely and securely, but not before the recipient has given something in return. Whether it's his long-lost love recounting tales of their favourite moment together, or the business man providing a quote for James' new book, it's amazing to see how easy it can be to scam the scam artists.

James Veitch is a musician, comedian, director, writer and performer. In 2014, his first solo comedy show The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe to wide acclaim and was described as 'Tears-down-the-face funny' by the Sunday Herald after a sell-out run. His work has been published by the New York Times and in various short-fiction journals.


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Great book. Some really funny and cleaver responses. Well worth the read whether its to pass 5-10 mins or just to have a good laugh to brighten your day. Would highly recommend getting this if you like see email scammers getting played. Also Well done James Veitch! Hope you keep up the good work
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I wish that over the years this was in production that there was a lot more in it! I could read these all day
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Loved every moment of reading this. Laughed out loud, wish it was longer, hopeful there'll be a follow up book.
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The most entertaining book I have ever read. I wish there was more as I could have continued reading for days!! Top effort!!!
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I enjoyed this book but finished it in about half hour. If he's been replying to scam emails for two years, surely there are hundreds more emails that could have been added. Real shame because they did make me chuckle and could quite happily have read many more
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The disappointment starts when noticing the book seems to be printed in business card stock, to make it look like a 300 page book, even though it's only 150. Of course, it also has gigantic font padded with cute email frames, to make sure you don't notice this is about 10 pages of text. That's the least of your worries, though. The main issue is that this whole book is just one bad joke, repeated over and over to the point of exhaustion.

I saw Veitch live presenting his idea. He was very funny. His book.. Not funny. Save the money, send it to some Nigerian prince instead, it'll go to better use.
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Dot.Con was so fun to read and I laughed so hard. James Veitch has a sense of humour that I can relate to. Coincidentally, as I was reading the book, I received a call from a friend of mine who's daughter had ended up at a Western Union office the day before because she had received a threatening phone call supposedly from "our tax authority". I still can't believe that someone I know came so close to being conned but thankfully the smart Western Union employee put a stop to the nonsense. Needless to say, I will be giving her a copy of this book. I didn't realize that something so funny could also be an educational tool. :) Thanks for helping me laugh harder than I have laughed in years.
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Yes the book is way too short, but that's not a bad thing as the e-mails start to get a bit repetitive. That said, his replies are some of the funniest things I've read in a long time. Just shows how thick his scammers were not to realise he was winding them up.
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