Why is your spam box full? Why is your nan broke? Why do we no longer trust the assurances of Nigerian princes? Email scams in various guises have been around for years and by goodness they've produced some astounding content.
For the uninitiated, the con works by: a scammer emailing various different people around the world with a story about desperately needing money in order to unlock a bigger sum, which will be shared with the email's recipient; eventually, someone might bite (often elderly, lonely people) and large sums - there've been cases of tens of thousands stolen - will be made.
Writer and comedian James Veitch was contacted by a mysterious man called Solomon, here's how it played out (and don't worry, even though it's a TED vid it's actually not that bad):
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