scams upon scammers

This is the first and probably last time I am likely to see one of my book cover designs hand-painted on a wall in Nigeria. I was asked to design the cover for this book by the guys who run this website, dedicated to baiting the email scammers of the world and generally wasting their time and resources.


For the last five years the author has replied to the scammers emails, expressing an interest in their propositions and then spending days, weeks, even months leading them down the garden path with his hilarious requests and misunderstandings. He’s had them selling paintings to Del Trotter Antiques, tattooing themselves so as to become members of his bogus church, booking expensive hotels for his no-show personas, seeking criminal compensation from Inspector Morse, writing out a Harry Potter novel by hand, or being killed by a mugger just outside the Western Union office where he was about to make a payment to them and, cruelest of all, falling in love with him as he pretends to be Gillian Anderson.


Part of the baiting usually involves asking the scammers to photograph themselves holding ridiculous signs or to carve intricate wooden replicas of Atari joysticks for example.


This naughty scammer was conned by the author into believing he was helping an 'Arts Project' and would be handsomely rewarded for his efforts. The result is this huge copy of the book cover faithfully reproduced by hand. I think he has his own ideas about typography though.

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Taken on October 18, 2006