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How to bait scammers safely and how to avoid assisting them Never use your real name Create a new email address for baiting - use gmail.com or outlook.com because these hide your IP address - use [email protected] etc. instead of [email protected] Never send any real contact details - these include your private phone number and real address Never send an actual passport scan, ID card scan etc. if the scammer asks for them - even if you make a bad fake one. Scammers reuse these and your fake ID might be used to trick a victim! Never tell a scammer s/he's been baited If a scammer's wrong about something, don't correct them - 'de-education' goes a step further and is where you actually convince a scammer that some incorrect information is correct. This stops a scammer from making their scams more convincing as they will continue to give obviously wrong details in their scams How to make it look like you're replying to a scam you found somewhere else If you are using a scam email from Scammed.by, for example, create a new email in your baiting account, add a couple of blank lines then paste: On 20 January 2014 16:56, Name Surname <[email protected]> wrote: Replace the values with the details of the scam email, you can make up stuff for the date and time if you're in a hurry Then paste the original scam email under that. Finally, change the subject of the email to: Re: OriginalSubject Now it looks like you're replying to the original scam - you don't have to do this, but some scammers do get suspicious if you're not replying to their scam but sending a new email
How to send and receive emails with Gmail, using another email account You need a Gmail email account. Log into it then... Settings -> Accounts -> Check email from other accounts (using POP3) -> Add a POP3 mail account you own Username: Your email account's username Password: Your email account's password POP server: Your email account's POP server address Port: Your email POP server port Tick "Leave copy of retrieved mail on the server" if you want, just in case you need webmail login at some point Add account Then to be able to send from that address via Gmail: Settings -> Accounts -> Send mail as -> Add another email address you own Choose 'send through ... mail servers' SMTP server: Your email account's SMTP server address Port: Your email account's SMTP port Username: Your email account's username Password: Your email account's password Add account If the above SMTP bit doesn't work, go back to the 'add another email address you own' but select to use Gmail's SMTP server Your email account's username and password are usually the ones you use to log in. You can find a list of common POP/SMTP servers and ports here http://www.arclab.com/en/amlc/list-of-smtp-and-pop3-servers-mailserver-list.html - choose the one for your email provider. If your provider isn't there, look up your email provider, plus "SMTP address" For example "mail.com SMTP address" or "Yahoo mail SMTP address" PM me if you need any help
How to check where a scam email came from Visit http://scammed.by/analyze.php and paste the header from the scam into the box (visit https://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/893/How+do+I+view+email+headers+for+a+message%3F to see how to view the message header)