Although it may not sound like it when reading bait transcripts, most scambaiters do have a set of ethics or a code of conduct that they try very hard to abide by. You will find as you move from baiting community to baiting community that ethics will vary (see â€œTattoosâ€ below), but for the most part, the guidelines are similar.
Cashbaiting is quite simply, the act of getting your lad to send you money or other negotiable securities. It is illegal, immoral and casts you in a very poor light.
On every forum you find devoted to baiting, getting caught cashbaiting will almost certainly result in you being banned. This one included. Some forums might even go so far as to rat you out to your local authorities. Donâ€™t do it.
Itâ€™s not a secret that most lads you will come into contact with are going to be from West Africa. Yes, they can also come from some former Soviet republics, China, South-East Asia and even India, but West Africa is by far the leader of the pack. This simple fact is more than enough evidence for some people to slap a racism label on the whole of scambaiting, but itâ€™s even worse when the baiter IS racist.
On this forum we take a very dim view of racebaiting. If your sole motivation for doing this is because your lad is a different race than you, then you need professional help and you are not welcome here.
INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES
Itâ€™s almost impossible to bait someone and not have it affect other people in the ladâ€™s life. However, it is a good policy to limit the involvement of innocent third parties as much as possible. While itâ€™s easy to look at a place like Nigeria and see it as border-to-border scammers, the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of people there are just living their lives in peace, just like you.
When you make your lad do something that involves disrupting the lives of people who have no direct involvement in the scam your lad is trying to run on you, itâ€™s just bad baiting.
Whenever the situation arises, you should be willing to cooperate with law enforcement if it has a chance to bring your lad to justice. Beware, however, of people and/or baiting communities that brag about secret law enforcement contacts that you are not permitted to talk with directly. The scams you will be exposed to are, for the most part, financial fraud and not a secret, global conspiracy requiring deep undercover operatives that will only speak from the shadows. If you cannot talk with the officer who wants your evidence, OR they do not want to talk to you, then thereâ€™s a very good chance youâ€™re being jerked around yourself.
DEATH / PHYSICAL HARM
No matter how evil/disgusting/unscrupulous/despicable your lad is, he does not deserve to be put in a situation that will cause him death or physical harm. You are a baiter, not a judge, jury and/or executioner. We do not look kindly on baiters who feel that getting their lads killed or injured is a suitable punishment for anything.
MARKINGS / TATTOOS
Of all the controversies in the baiting community, none evokes such strong debate as tattooing your lad. Our official position on the matter is neutral. Weâ€™re not going to ban you if you tattoo your lad in a bait, but weâ€™re not going to encourage it as an acceptable practice either. Some issues must be left up to the individual baiter, and this is one of them.
Scambaiting is the art of engaging internet scammers in an effort to make them believe that a payday is imminent while you waste their time, money, resources and hopefully distract them from taking advantage of real victims.
It really is that simple; although you will inevitably run across those who strive to make it more complicated. Weâ€™re going to focus on the simple, getting you up and baiting in the shortest time and safest way possible.
1 â€“ BE SAFE
The people you will be dealing with are not the most trustworthy individuals in the world. They can and likely will try anything to get the advantage over what they view as a gullible victim.
- Never use your real name. Ever. Make one up.
- Never use your real address. Pick another city and invent an address if you must. Google Maps can help
- Never bait from you main email address. Gmail is a baiterâ€™s dream that you will grow to love the longer you use it. Itâ€™s free, anonymous (as long as you use the web interface) and very versatile.
- Grab a good virus scanner and keep it updated.
2 â€“ PICK A SCAMMER
This couldn't be easier. Go to â€œScam E-Mailsâ€ sections of the forums here and find a letter you like. Respond using your new Gmail account and fake identity and youâ€™re away to the races. If you donâ€™t get a reply, donâ€™t worry... pick another and try again. Have patience and you will be rewarded.
3 â€“ INDULGE YOURSELF
Once you have a dialogue going, indulge your creative side and see how far you can push it. If you lose him, get another letter and start again. Eventually, you will hit on a system that gets results.
4 â€“ PASSPORTS, ID CARDS & WEIRD DOCUMENTS
In almost all cases, these will be the first trophies that you ever receive from a scammer. Most will hand them out like skittles but that shouldnâ€™t take away from the thrill you get when you get your first ones.
On the other hand, if your lad asks YOU for these items, donâ€™t send them. Make up excuses or just ignore the requests altogether. Eventually the lad will get past it and move on and if he doesnâ€™t, well... pick another letter and try again.
Thatâ€™s essentially basic baiting in a nutshell. Itâ€™s not rocket science but like anything else, there are advanced levels that you will eventually become aware of as you gain experience. These advanced levels will become more apparent and more obvious as you progress but you shouldnâ€™t worry about them now. Just go out, have some fun and screw up some day.