More adventures in replying to spam | James Veitch

  • Published on Jan 27, 2017
  • James Veitch has spent years doing the tireless, thankless work of replying to spam emailers so you don’t have to. He returns to TED to tell the tale of yet another spam email adventure, this time with a vital lesson attached: How to annoy your way off any spammer’s mailing list.
    TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences.
    Enjoy this unedited talk by James Veitch.
    Filmed at TEDSummit in 2016.

Comments • 13 793

  • Info Chan
    Info Chan 22 hours ago

    Who’s here from some animation youtuber who made a video just like this and that person calle out ted.

  • McOsiris Mahim
    McOsiris Mahim Day ago

    Man, i didn't know there is someone like me who play with Spammers. Hahahahaa... Kudos

  • Ni V
    Ni V Day ago

    He's like a nerdy Drake Bell

  • K-bunny chan
    K-bunny chan Day ago

    At the start the scammer said polished diamonds, later he says rough diamonds XD

  • Chris Trudell
    Chris Trudell Day ago

    Got a spam call yesterday with phone number. Called back, operator says" this number not listed...🤔

  • S. SpamBot
    S. SpamBot Day ago


  • N I A L L
    N I A L L Day ago

    Solomon, your email intrigues me.

    Oops wrong video

  • bigpippie littlepippiesmomma

    I'm sure this guy was an awesome phone pranker in his day!

  • lwc2009
    lwc2009 Day ago

    absolutely f**king BRILLIANT!!!!!

  • Spider Rick
    Spider Rick Day ago

    Very funny

  • Marketing Lions
    Marketing Lions Day ago

    Beat the scammers lol fucking awesome...

  • Alegost1
    Alegost1 Day ago +1

    i wonder if any of these scammers that tried to trick james saw themselves in one of his scetches

  • Vic D'Arcy
    Vic D'Arcy Day ago

    I love checking my spam folder for this stuff. Today a US marine asked me to help launder some of Saddam Hussein's lost millions.

  • Star_boy
    Star_boy Day ago +1

    5:52 that man bopping his head in the crowd LMAO!!!!!!!

  • Nothing Here
    Nothing Here Day ago

    Literally for a year this kept coming as a recommendation to me and I don’t even watch ted talks.
    TVclip ARE U HAPPY NOW! 🙄

  • Schnokers
    Schnokers Day ago

    I tried something like this once. I got sent several pictures of dead chinese peoples bodies in response. James Veitch sure got off light.

  • Joost van Arragon

    he looks like the standard nerd from a cartoon

  • Paul G
    Paul G 2 days ago

    Is this for real or just a comedy routine?

  • Joe Bayliss
    Joe Bayliss 2 days ago

    Apparently we can all just steal other peoples ideas and get rich now... This is Joe Lycetts joke!

  • Patrick Slingo
    Patrick Slingo 2 days ago

    this is the greatest thing I've ever seen

  • I have an unoriginal profile picture

    whenever i see that glowing red TED sign i can’t help but think it’s a gmod missing texture

  • Allie Shoen
    Allie Shoen 2 days ago +1

    I got a Twitter direct message, stating that I won a contest and had to submit a bunch of information, I did something like this and they blocked me.

  • tubeyhamster
    tubeyhamster 2 days ago

    I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

  • Nick EPP
    Nick EPP 2 days ago

    It’s sad...
    This guy couldn’t make it as a comedian. Instead, he makes up these bullshit slides for his Ted talks and charges idiots to attend; there by scamming them out of their money- by giving “how to avoid money scams” talks!
    The irony is lost on that crowd.

  • Ginger Derp
    Ginger Derp 2 days ago

    So is this a comedy show?

  • Frankie Wilhite
    Frankie Wilhite 2 days ago

    I love this guy😂😂Ive watched him several times. He never fails to make me laugh!

  • Mark Tamang
    Mark Tamang 2 days ago

    Maybe we can reply to some scams and if we get ripped off, sue this guy or ted for it. Hmmm

  • Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark 2 days ago

    At some point we'll just be replying to automated AI spam. At that point we'll just be wasting our own time.

  • John Ferguson
    John Ferguson 2 days ago

    I've never seen anything so funny and brilliant.

  • alan elliott
    alan elliott 2 days ago

    Fantastic 🤙

  • DzyMsLizzy
    DzyMsLizzy 3 days ago

    ROFL! WTG!!

  • Velocity Wolf
    Velocity Wolf 3 days ago

    He would be a great doctor for doctor who😂😂

  • multiyapples
    multiyapples 3 days ago

    This is funny.

  • Godfrey Jemand
    Godfrey Jemand 3 days ago

    Why does your audience laugh at ANYTHING?

  • Godfrey Jemand
    Godfrey Jemand 3 days ago

    Why do people watch you on TED? Are they SOOOOO dumb? Go on a comedy site. Gullible like you?
    Goldman-Sachs is not a bank it is an investment company and an investment bank. Please get a real job.

  • Julián torres
    Julián torres 3 days ago

    Fucking insane😂😂😂

  • Reid Bronson
    Reid Bronson 3 days ago

    Never heard of this guy before in my life. He is hilarious. What is wrong with the fools who disliked this video? You idiots must be a lot of fun on a date?

  • Matt K
    Matt K 3 days ago

    This guy is a fucking legend!

  • Zdenda Kvapil
    Zdenda Kvapil 3 days ago +1


  • UnbreakableLAG
    UnbreakableLAG 3 days ago

    How many people do you think started emailing him for a free toaster after this went live?

  • Minecraft King
    Minecraft King 4 days ago +1

    5:54 last guy in the 4th or 3rd row

  • Jaenisch
    Jaenisch 4 days ago

    Maybe he should spend his time doing something more productive....fucking idiot.

  • Aziz Suleman
    Aziz Suleman 4 days ago

    This guy should start a TVclip channel where he keeps replying to spam emails

  • packblixty
    packblixty 4 days ago

    5:53 that guy 😂

  • Leo 14
    Leo 14 4 days ago +1

    That Laugh at 8:35!

  • Karin S
    Karin S 4 days ago

    the guy at 5:53 is my spirit animal

  • Don B
    Don B 4 days ago

    This guy should be a comedian! Or at least start playing in more venues..LOL funny!

  • Shawn Cyril
    Shawn Cyril 4 days ago +1

    He looks like older Tom Hollands......

  • 消.Natsukashii
    消.Natsukashii 4 days ago

    That dude sure got a kick outta it

  • s l e e p
    s l e e p 4 days ago

    how it feels to chew 5 gum

  • shellyedmb117
    shellyedmb117 4 days ago

    Ok this is absolute gold

  • Donny Bravo
    Donny Bravo 4 days ago

    Not as funny as the first one

  • Josh Black
    Josh Black 5 days ago +1

    Scammers hate it when you ask questions now

  • ashish rain
    ashish rain 5 days ago +2

    I knew that scammer was an Indian the moment he used 'leaving earth'.

    • Chris Anagn.
      Chris Anagn. Day ago

      Also the @royalbs email had an Indian address (.in)

  • Alexander Smith
    Alexander Smith 5 days ago


  • Elena G
    Elena G 5 days ago


  • Hamza Ali
    Hamza Ali 5 days ago +1

    I love this! this guy is a genius!

  • SliceOfPotato
    SliceOfPotato 5 days ago +1

    This video has been on my recommended list for years, thanks youtube finally i'm done watching

  • James Raynor
    James Raynor 6 days ago

    Is it Lt. Kamanda Koroma or Lt. Cmdr. Koroma?

  • Logan Gomez
    Logan Gomez 6 days ago

    This guy did what everyone should be doing but doesn't have the time to

  • Mitch A
    Mitch A 6 days ago +1

    8.5k spammers disliked

  • Caroline Almasri
    Caroline Almasri 6 days ago

    The only thing this man lives for is replying to spam and...


  • 1 Park
    1 Park 6 days ago

    Dude its vírus and spam, just denounce it, block it, thats it, WTF

  • ooh ah boogah
    ooh ah boogah 6 days ago


  • delpinsky
    delpinsky 6 days ago

    Amazing job, wasting scammers' time! 👏🏻😁

  • ChristienWolff
    ChristienWolff 6 days ago

    One of the few good and non cringe Ted talks

  • Tony
    Tony 6 days ago +1

    How can I get spam emails? I have never gotten any :(

  • Carlos Hernandez
    Carlos Hernandez 6 days ago +1

    I got a call from “Dell” telling me that my computer was sending malicious information to the internet.
    I said; “the whole internet?”
    They said; Yes, your Dell computer needs to be fixed.
    I said; But I have an Apple laptop.
    They said; We can fix that too...
    Then after 20 mins of doing exactly what this guy was doing (I saw the other video “this is what happens when you reply to spam”), they said this to me...
    They said; Sr, just left click on the icon.
    I said; I can’t. There is no ICON!
    They said; Sr, are you lying to me!!!???
    They hang up....
    I WIN 😎

  • Guido De Zwaan
    Guido De Zwaan 6 days ago

    Haha amazing

  • J.P. Hardy
    J.P. Hardy 7 days ago

    Yeah toast!

  • Patrick J. Tavara
    Patrick J. Tavara 7 days ago +1

    youtube recommendations:
    Want a British man talk about spam for no absolute reason

  • smallfaucet
    smallfaucet 7 days ago

    He's a high talker.

  • Suman Nath
    Suman Nath 8 days ago

    He should start doing stand up comedy...

  • Spicer Thing
    Spicer Thing 8 days ago +9

    NASA pack yo things we going to a new planet called “ *M A S S* “