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Wednesday, July 13 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


Believers

Looks like we have a new story that will reel in the Believers. Many "hacking" sites posted our Crosswalk Button Hacks story as real news. BBspotters were there to send me the links...

From: Matt
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 6:06 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: BBspotting Fark

I'm sure you've got a million of these, and if not you soon will.
But finally you have managed to of BBspotted Fark, rather than Fark, Farking you:
http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=1552360

It was picked up quite quickly in the comments, but WELDONE!

Not quickly enough for some.

Here's the place Fark linked to that reported the story as real. And here's another site that posted it.

From: Bill
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 9:31 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: BBSpot Crosswalk article on digg

Brian,

Found the reference on digg...
It links to BBspot... :-)

Some nice comments on that article too.

From: Nathan
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 2:35 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: we have a believer.....

www.hackaday.com
these hardcore hackers have said this on the 30th of july and linked to your article

"crosswalkhacks.com got shut down. but there’s a partial mirror here with the best hack. [thanks to everyone who sent this in]"

An abundance of morons to enjoy in those comments.

And now for your weekly installment of Esenam Ayele...

From: Timothy
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 4:33 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Donate 5 million dollars for new church building

My name is Tim and I am not asking for the money for myself, but for the new building needed that my pastor and the congregation have been believing for. I realize that there are many scams out there in the world today but if you are really serious about helping someone than this is your opportune time to help. I challenge you to give and my God shall move on your behalf!

His God is going to move for me? Sweet! Looks like I'm relocating to Heaven. And...

From: Neisha
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 4:58 PM
To: bbriggs@bbspot.com
Subject: Nigerian Philanthropist

It has recently been brought to my attention that you wrote an article on the Nigerian Philanthropist, Esenam Ayele. I would appreciate your assistance in locating Mr. Ayele. If you are only able to forward my electronic address to him, I understand. If this is the case, please send me a message informing me of such. If a phone number would be beneficial, let me know.
Mr. Briggs, your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to your response.

She was nice enough to e-mail me twice from two different Yahoo! accounts.

Welcome to the real world...

From: Lukas
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 1:48 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Real Life Death Match

The article entitled:

Real Life Death Match "Not as Fun" as Teens Hoped

is shocking. Please tell me this is a hoax and that there really aren't people THAT retarded. If it is true, kill me now or shoot me off in a rocket, I don't wanna be on the same planet as this person.

The feeling is mutual.


Guilt Trip

Last Mailbag I opined about how guilty I should feel for snagging Believers. One reader has a response...

From: Max
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:25 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Mailbag/Nigerian philanthropist

I hope that by spelling "philanthropist" right I've already indicated that I'm not a True Believer. I just wanted to let you know, since you asked in a recent Mailbag:

> *How much guilt should I feel for fooling these people?*

Absolutely none. The more time they spend e-mailing you about Esenam Ayele, the less time they spend responding to e-mail requests to log in and re-enter their personal information from PayPal, eBay, and banks at which they have never actually had an account.

Keep it up, it's a valuable public service, since there's no Internet equivalent of the cork on the fork...besides an AOL address.

I remain your humble public servant.


That's all for this week!

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