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Good The Spam And The Ugly [Paperback]

Steve Graham
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Feb. 27 2007
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 18:38:09 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL. . .

Dear Sir: I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. I am a high placed official with the Department of Finance Affairs in Lagos, Nigeria. I and two other colleagues are in need of a silent foreign partner whose bank account we can use to transfer the sum of $18,000,000. This are monies left by a barrister who died tragically in a plane crash last year. . .

Sound familiar? Congratulations. You have been selected to become a mugu, an expression African con artists use to describe the targets of their e-mail scams. But they drew a bead on the wrong guy when they started spamming Steve H. Graham. Like many Internet users, Graham eventually got tired of receiving mugu mail and decided to fire back at his wannabe swindlers.

Armed with a scathing sense of humor, Graham quickly turned the tables on his tormenters--with side-splittingly hilarious results. Whether he's referring to his fictional lawyer Biff Wellington, complaining about the injury he received while milking a lactating sloth, or offering the Preparation H helpline as his phone number, Graham--using aliases such as Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, and Herman Munster--offers proof that spamming the spammers is the best revenge.

Steve H. Graham is a retired attorney. Since childhood, he has been fighting for truth, justice, and free movie passes. For each copy sold of this book, he will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to himself. He is also the author of the cookbook Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man. He lives in Miami.

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Most of the internet-using public has by now received at least one unsolicited e-mail from someone in Africa (or elsewhere), offering a too-good-to-be-true, get-rich-quick scheme. According to author and retired attorney Graham (Eat What you Want and Die Like a Man), the stupidity of Americans has turned Lagos, Nigeria into "an upscale suburb full of spam mansions." Turning the tables, Graham replies to these malicious e-mailers with invented aliases and crazy stories that only a hapless, gullible schemer would believe: signing his emails with names like Barney Rubble, Graham tells his correspondents that he wants to "sell chia pets in erotic shapes" and "open Nevada's first drive-thru brothel for seniors." It's a funny premise-after all, it served three volumes of Ted Nancy's Letters from a Nut well enough-but Graham's humor often falls flat, and the back-and-forth e-mails quickly blend together. Amid juvenile, occasionally scatological humor, Graham provides middling comic anecdotes about himself and his family (such as his cousin, bit by a mongoose). At times, he's gleefully offensive, as in an unfunny commentary about midgets, taking on the persona of Adolph Hitler and describing one spammer as "not the brightest candle on the Kwanzaa menorah." While the idea of messing with spammers might entice, Graham's approach isn't for everyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I expected more June 9 2008
Steve Graham announces his retirement from law at the start of this book with great humour that shows real writing potential. Unfortunately his talent is devoted to not very interesting dialogues with sordid internet scammers. You are left with the feeling that much more could have been done than just embarrassing a few scammers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting even for all of us March 5 2007
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Who would have thought annoying crooks and swindlers would be so entertaining?

Through the good offices of Stephanie Hopkins, her hapless brother Steve Hopkins, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, and other assorted aliases, Mr. Graham has done the Lord's work in giving back to the 419 spammers a small portion of what they've given us.

From the Candide-like adventures of Barney Rubble to the pervasive randiness of Stephanie Hopkins, the common thread is the stupefying gullibility of the spammers, willing to swallow most any story in their scramble for cash. Mr. Graham plays on that credulity like Rubenstein playing a Steinway, drawing laughs and chuckles in large measure from the reader (though likely not from the victims of his pointed wit).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Revenge Feb. 27 2007
By Sparrow - Published on
Like most people, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of email spam offers to split millions of dollars with complete strangers who happened to randomly select me to share in their bounty. Not being a complete idiot, I have never fallen for these spam scammers, but they are an irritating waste of time none the less. How sweet it is to see someone as wickedly funny as Steve H. Graham take them on and best them!

Mr. Graham has a knack for writing fiendishly clever responses to the inquiries that keep the scammers coming back for more, while delighting the reader with the sheer ingenuity of the communications from the invented potential victims. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny -- well worth reading Feb. 28 2007
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Mr. Graham has had a running battle with the 419 spammers, and we are lucky enough to get to read along. The author has a warped, skewed look on life, and I mean that in the best possible way. Watch as he has the spammers tying themselves into knots. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny Feb. 27 2007
By Music Man - Published on
I really enjoyed this book. The humor was unique and rib-tickling. Go out and buy it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know Steve. Steve is my friend. But you're no Steve Graham. Feb. 28 2007
By George Moneo - Published on
Did you know that this book was not written on a Mac? I took Steve to task for it. "Buy a Mac," I'd say, over and over again. But here it is, in all its glory, even though it is written on a Windows word processor. Shameful. The book itself, all 254 pages of it, is hilarious and worth every one of those one thousand thirty six pennies it costs. Buy it, please, so he can finally afford a Mac...
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