This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

  • Published on Feb 1, 2016
  • Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.
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Comments • 23 172

  • Cyclone Scrapper
    Cyclone Scrapper Hour ago

    Need some new ones James

  • ARJUN Anand
    ARJUN Anand 6 hours ago +1

    I've seen your videos 3,4 times earlier also...I just love your way of speaking 😂 it's cool 🤟🤟🤟

  • Lilaboxx
    Lilaboxx 7 hours ago +1

    I'm laughing was too much right now 😂😂😂
    Also the was he talks reminds me of David Tennant

  • Carlos Zapata
    Carlos Zapata 7 hours ago +1

    Thats awesome dude

  • S Bains
    S Bains 7 hours ago

    Comedy gold

  • Ganesha B
    Ganesha B 10 hours ago

    i hope James got a cut of youtube advertising for this talk. 43k dollars as of October 2019 i believe (1k every 1 mil views)

  • Ganesha B
    Ganesha B 10 hours ago

    it was good but not gush, suck up and even give a standing ovation good.

  • televisions are selling insecurities

    I am here at October 16 , 2019.
    In case this video is recommended again after 5 years.

  • Andy From google
    Andy From google 16 hours ago

    dad got scammed so I spoiled sonic and avengers 6.

  • Janice B
    Janice B 16 hours ago

    Brilliant thank u ever so much, one love 👊🏿

  • Daniel Masarweh
    Daniel Masarweh 17 hours ago

    Bonsoir my golden nugget, bonsoir.

  • Gang Stalking In Tennessee

    Trolling a scammer gets you a ted talk?

  • Testiclops
    Testiclops 19 hours ago

    It's a good stand-up routine.

  • LadyDee Slo-Mo
    LadyDee Slo-Mo 22 hours ago

    WOW!! You got them by the foot. Shut them down.

  • Cat RR
    Cat RR 23 hours ago +1


  • JC Torres
    JC Torres Day ago

    This has already been used by American comic. Totally flows the same. Nice copy cat

  • purelystellar0824

    This is fake. Zero legitimate screenshots/original material to prove otherwise.

  • Dennis Wambua
    Dennis Wambua Day ago


  • TamagotchiGirl
    TamagotchiGirl Day ago +1

    Someone get this guy his own TV show.

    • 猫
       Hour ago +1

      not a TV show but try SuperHyperLiteral

  • Darby Darby
    Darby Darby Day ago


  • Yaiko
    Yaiko Day ago

    He speaks so fast .-.

  • California Hwy 1
    California Hwy 1 2 days ago

    A Nigerian scammer on Craigslist urged me to buy his 2003 Toyota Camry for $8999. I emailed him & said: $8999 would be _too_ unfair for him, I'd rather give him 1 million. He *stopped* emailing.🤣

  • etru6
    etru6 2 days ago +1

    The part where he gets the spammer to talk in code is probably among the top 10 funniest things I've ever seen in my life.

  • Anne Barimaho
    Anne Barimaho 2 days ago

    The honest truth is that most of these so called

    hackers here aren't real, they're impostors, real
    hackers never advertise themselves in such a

    ridiculous manner and they are always discrete. I’ve been ripped off so many times out of desperation trying to find urgent help until my cousin finally introduced me to a reliable hacker who works with Evidence, discretion and delivers, he does all sorts of hacks but he helped me hack my cheating husband Email/facebook,I have made him my permanent hacker and you can as well enjoy his services. You can contact him at whitehats @
    cyber-wizard . com and after his work also endeavor to spread the good news on his work and how he helped you, Just tell him Miss Barimaho referred you.

  • Jay A
    Jay A 2 days ago

    I love this guy!!!!!

  • serebii does stuff
    serebii does stuff 2 days ago

    so you're telling me this dude got a TED talk by trolling some spam email scammers?

  • iampdv
    iampdv 2 days ago

    this is hilarious. I've always wondered what if I reply them?

  • Arion Hveding Grønvold

    Im happy i sat at the toilet

  • Games Legend
    Games Legend 2 days ago

    2:45 Don't listing to any advice

    Well I'm I'm not gonna listing to her advice

  • Michael Burski Jr.
    Michael Burski Jr. 2 days ago

    at 7:10 we see Solomon in the audience. Doesn't look impressed

  • Onion Bot
    Onion Bot 2 days ago +2

    The dislikes are from Solomon and his 26K alt accounts.

  • Miro B.
    Miro B. 2 days ago

    I'm glad i found this.

  • PleaseGetOut OfMyLife
    PleaseGetOut OfMyLife 2 days ago +1

    I stan

  • umberceri
    umberceri 2 days ago


  • Happy HippeeMama
    Happy HippeeMama 2 days ago


  • Abi govin
    Abi govin 2 days ago

    This is funny everytime i watch it. :)

  • Maxinne Gwen
    Maxinne Gwen 2 days ago


  • Erich Weiler
    Erich Weiler 2 days ago

    If you like this, you’d love ”do not even reply”,

  • Paxerprime
    Paxerprime 2 days ago +3

    Who is Ted and why does he talk so much?

  • Logan Armstrong
    Logan Armstrong 2 days ago

    Plot twist there was no scammer in the first place . HE IS THE ONE SCAMMING PEOPLE .he wrote both messages himself from Salomon and himself both are him .

  • TazerProductions
    TazerProductions 2 days ago

    this dude consumed helum

  • coprice94
    coprice94 2 days ago

    Man I've open so many spam emails

  • Mikadia
    Mikadia 3 days ago

    Lucy sent me

  • TimeforaChange InGovernment

    This guy is HlLARl0US! A great 'technical' comedian, in all of the sense.

  • Gospel Illustrator
    Gospel Illustrator 3 days ago

    I did this kind of thing once about thirteen years ago. However, we had a parting of the ways after 4 months when I actually got a second phone call in which an angry "barrister" threatened first to take me to court and then to publically expose my failure to send money to him in order to receive my "inheritance." He said he would take me onto TV and expose me on the Oprah show. Lovely, I replied, I have copies of all our email and postal correspondence and a recording of this and our last telephone conversation. (Which I did.) At one point, you agreed to take all those costs out of my "inheritance" and send only the rest to me if I would then return 10% to cover your services and expenses. I love Oprah Winfried and would love to be on her show with you. Set it up. I never heard from him or my "estate" again. I guess it was too much to ask him to front the $200 estate fees, transfer, and shipping in return for 10% of twenty million dollars. My wife had answered the phone that time and overheard my side of the conversation. She was upset that I had wasted my time and "endangered" our family. I promised her not to "play games" like that again. I have not done so again, but it was fun doing once. If I had actually gotten the $17,999,800, or even just got to meet Oprah, she might have "changed her tune," but one never knows . . .

  • Soumyajyoti Sarkar
    Soumyajyoti Sarkar 3 days ago

    Ted talk or Stand up.

  • Yolanda Arendse
    Yolanda Arendse 3 days ago

    Pure Stand Up Comedy Simon Veitch!!! Excellent, intelligent entertainment.

  • kevin martinez
    kevin martinez 3 days ago

    scammer gets scammed

  • Keela
    Keela 3 days ago

    plot twist: it was his Nigerian prince cousin who wanted to give him his palace

  • Manuqtix Manuqtix
    Manuqtix Manuqtix 3 days ago

    Same as replying to the internet troll

  • PBR bear
    PBR bear 3 days ago

    sam hyde ate this person.

  • Onion Bot
    Onion Bot 3 days ago +3

    Congratulations, James, on having the most popular TED Talk.

  • Ashley Noelle
    Ashley Noelle 3 days ago +2

    there is literally a ted talk about spam emails

  • Amicus Maximus
    Amicus Maximus 3 days ago

    Я выкладываю GPS-мошенники там, где есть настоящие имена и личные данные на форумах, так что мое братство может покончить с ними.

  • Tom Treacy
    Tom Treacy 3 days ago

    "..It got through my spam filter, I dont know how?"
    Yes you do. You made it all up. You could have REALLY engaged in a conversation with one of these con artists, but oh no, you just made it all up because you are neither creative or funny. You have no balls. Look at you on stage acting like you are so witty and exotic when in fact you sat in your room pretending someone wanted to talk to you and that you were so suave and hilarious. 7:30 "..all I am doing is wasting their time!..".
    Well no, you didnt. You did however, waste the audiences time. Idiot.

  • Leslie Villarreal
    Leslie Villarreal 4 days ago +3

    This man did stand up and made people believe it was a Ted talk

  • Наталья Миронова

    Just got a spam email from a shop. Wanna answer smth and prank them but I'm afraid it won't work with our mentality and the reaction'll be worse.

  • ashlynn navarro
    ashlynn navarro 4 days ago

    i got a scam email so i spoiled IT Chapter two for them

  • ernst-jan fokkema
    ernst-jan fokkema 4 days ago

    This isn't serious, it can't be

  • wayne mg tregear 3rd

    well I did that years ago & I said you transfer the money to me first he now I should transfer the money first this went on for 4 months then he said are you the cops to which I replied YES & we are o our way to your place right now we will be at your place in 3.5 mins never heard from him again