I'm a tired of these stupid scammers trying to rip off fellow university students desperate for housing, so as for some free time activity I thought I'd try and do some scam baiting, and send him to MoneyGram and Western Union a few times in vain for the fun of it :)

  • I will use a free online gmx account for the email.
  • I will create a fake name and cover story.


  • I have never really used a service like tor, but is this necessary to ensure my protection? Is this sort of information encoded in metadata? I could also use one of the university computers, would this help?
  • Are there any other precautions I should take?

Most of the time, scammers aren't technical people, and they won't look for your IP address in mail headers (since they sometimes leave theirs). Find a mail provider that doesn't forward it, just to be on the safe side.

This extremely entertaining resource, 419eater.com, should give you the basics. As far as safety is concerned, it boils down to not giving out personal information.

I wouldn't go as far as using Tor for this, but it can't hurt anyway.

  • Just wondering- could there be a connection between a generic university computer logged on with my credentials and then a fake email sent to the scammer from that computer? – Peter Smith Jul 12 '14 at 20:55
  • I wouldn't think so, unless your university recieves a complaint and decides to investigate who sent the email. – executifs Jul 12 '14 at 21:39

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