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    TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences.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.

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  • Animation Freak
    Animation Freak Day ago

    Someone please get him that toaster

  • Jyvaine orchids
    Jyvaine orchids Day ago

    That's an amazing thing 😂 !

  • Elphienfiero1
    Elphienfiero1 Day ago

    this is seriously one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

  • RYNO Games
    RYNO Games Day ago

    Who could possibly dislike this, other than the scammers themselves.

  • Kally Mayhem
    Kally Mayhem Day ago +1

    @shaneDawson Please interview James Veitch he's hilarious!

  • abia thakur
    abia thakur 2 days ago

    I find him very handsome.

    THIS GUY HD 2 days ago

    This is *ART*

  • Samuel Louwerens
    Samuel Louwerens 2 days ago

    The guy at 5:53 is having an heart attack

  • Victor Mohan
    Victor Mohan 2 days ago

    this is so fake. but still funny

  • Rainbow Rocks
    Rainbow Rocks 2 days ago

    This is great.

  • Meowlock
    Meowlock 3 days ago

    10:05 is that Amanda Fucking Palmer? Radical.

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde 3 days ago

    This guy sucks ass. Vacuum cleaners can damage your penis if not lubed. Tell me I'm wrong or spank me

  • Abbigail H
    Abbigail H 3 days ago

    This is so funny!

  • Lia Brooks
    Lia Brooks 4 days ago

    His voice sounds like Daniel Radcliffe. I wonder if this was set up or it actually happened.

  • Mr H
    Mr H 4 days ago

    This guy is good

  • TheGamerTim
    TheGamerTim 4 days ago

    I needed a good laugh today, thank you 👍

  • Acid Pop
    Acid Pop 4 days ago

    all the dislikes are probably from spammers

  • banananutmuffin
    banananutmuffin 4 days ago

    5:53 that one dude is living his best life

  • Lainie Picklesimer
    Lainie Picklesimer 4 days ago


  • Wioleta Dudka
    Wioleta Dudka 4 days ago

    ''Where is Mass? Ooooo is that where the toaster is?!'' Good one! Congratulations! For me its a masterpiece! Consider being an actor.

  • Rahulium
    Rahulium 4 days ago

    Raj Ramesh from Customer Care Service xD btw i'm from India.

  • TheTank421
    TheTank421 5 days ago

    “Why do people reply to spam emails?” Because you have no life.

  • Finn Dowdall
    Finn Dowdall 5 days ago +1

    This Guy is amazing

  • Alice Reading
    Alice Reading 5 days ago

    This has been sitting in my recommendations for two years and I've finally watched it. No regrets.

  • Angel Rose Mensorado

    He sounds like Grian and this sounds like something a Grain would do 🤣

  • Muhe Vend
    Muhe Vend 5 days ago

    If that were true....

  • Guchu Sokukuki
    Guchu Sokukuki 5 days ago

    5:55 I friggin love that guys reaction in the audience 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Andrei Mitoiu
    Andrei Mitoiu 6 days ago


  • BroCraft
    BroCraft 6 days ago

    Did you get your toaster?

  • Travis Maynard
    Travis Maynard 6 days ago

    Wait you mean to tell me all the spammy emails i get from women wanting to meat up isnt true :(( i toldmy mom about some of them. fuccck im a los

  • Jingchun Chen
    Jingchun Chen 6 days ago

    this guy seems so idiodic that he's genius

  • Butterbaum
    Butterbaum 7 days ago

    This is legit amazing

  • Goldbug 456
    Goldbug 456 7 days ago


  • Justin Jahn
    Justin Jahn 8 days ago

    I think the 'long lost dying relative giving you a massive inheritance' ones are the most persuasive. I am still waiting for my pile of cash...

  • Jennifer Coleman
    Jennifer Coleman 9 days ago

    I've had spam saying they didn't think I was real when I was calling them out. Lol

  • The Venetian Harper
    The Venetian Harper 9 days ago

    I feel like a great super power would be the power of being persistently annoying, but the real power being that it compels the villain to be able to do nothing but respond to everything you say, whilst getting more and more irritated and bewildered.

  • Peachess Art
    Peachess Art 10 days ago

    5:53 pft that guy on the right tho

  • David Nash
    David Nash 11 days ago

    Top man!

  • d u c k
    d u c k 11 days ago

    *_laughing while sitting on the couch watching TED covered in blankets_*

  • Zach Thompson
    Zach Thompson 11 days ago +1

    MMG did it better

  • Danita Jorgensen
    Danita Jorgensen 12 days ago

    Who are the 7k people who dislike this hilarious video? And why do they/you dislike it?

  • spenzee
    spenzee 12 days ago

    I am from south africa

  • anoop baby
    anoop baby 12 days ago

    I think he is faking it

  • Aqua Chan
    Aqua Chan 12 days ago

    5:52 of course we count Pluto, Pluto IS A PLANET

  • Eben Holderness
    Eben Holderness 12 days ago

    how the fuck is this a ted talk? this guy just did the same thing people have been doing for years. and it has nothing to do with science

  • Carmo
    Carmo 12 days ago

    I need a scam so I can post stupid stuff at it

  • Capitan Spoiler
    Capitan Spoiler 12 days ago

    i could go for a toast right about now...

  • Leah_Croissant
    Leah_Croissant 12 days ago +2

    This man is a legend. Get him the toaster. Stat.

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    the hero we need

  • sawy9940 sawy9940
    sawy9940 sawy9940 13 days ago

    What is the guy at 5:53 doing

  • Kieran
    Kieran 13 days ago

    These broke ass scammers

  • Thomas Tsui
    Thomas Tsui 13 days ago


  • jjlovepuppies
    jjlovepuppies 13 days ago


  • Orange_Man Bad
    Orange_Man Bad 14 days ago

    This is racism toward african

  • UKNOWN96094 Uknown96094

    Mighty python and the holy grail

  • Wasabi Thumbs
    Wasabi Thumbs 14 days ago

    I really want that red toaster

  • Random Obsessions
    Random Obsessions 14 days ago

    That’s one way to do it

  • kirby march barcena
    kirby march barcena 14 days ago

    The Army Intelligent got trolled.
    And James had fun.

  • Marcel van Dongen
    Marcel van Dongen 15 days ago

    Why does this keep popping up every now and then again, I saw this like 3 times now

  • Cindy Cease
    Cindy Cease 15 days ago


  • Master of Wynn
    Master of Wynn 15 days ago

    I think this guy likes hummus...

  • Animals Forever301
    Animals Forever301 15 days ago +2

    James, you did it. You broke this man

  • Learning It Quietly
    Learning It Quietly 15 days ago

    27b/6, anyone?

  • icefrout
    icefrout 16 days ago

    *hacker voice:* "I'm in"

  • Hannah Pabinguit
    Hannah Pabinguit 16 days ago

    Is this a comedy routine or a Ted talk

  • adhesive stiky
    adhesive stiky 16 days ago

    Imagine if this person was being honest and had 7.5m pounds worth of diamonds and royal bank of Scotland was a real professional bank that was giving away free microwaves for accounts

  • Michał Rodzik
    Michał Rodzik 16 days ago

    That look like fake conversation via email just to get crowd applause...

    • SixFilmsGaming !
      SixFilmsGaming ! 12 days ago

      That is not fake. It is text on an edited email-like background because James Veitch does not want to give everyone his email.

  • KLJF
    KLJF 16 days ago

    how could we do this with a "fake" email address ?

  • MrGamer789
    MrGamer789 16 days ago

    This is more of a comedy sketch than a TED talk but whatever, it's hilarious

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    *he does it only for the hummus*

  • everything is salad
    everything is salad 17 days ago +1

    Stand up comedy at a Ted talk.
    Dude's a freaking legend

  • IvyTruong
    IvyTruong 17 days ago

    This man is a god

  • snaila1984
    snaila1984 17 days ago +2

    Head of costumer care.... cannot stop laughing 😂🎉

  • A C
    A C 17 days ago +1


  • Aye Lmao
    Aye Lmao 17 days ago

    1:09 90% of r/teenagers in a nutshell

  • Jake Towers
    Jake Towers 17 days ago

  • Casual Weeb Scunt
    Casual Weeb Scunt 17 days ago +4

    Blockbusters thing got me so hard XD

  • Jimin's SugaKookie
    Jimin's SugaKookie 17 days ago +2

    You are annoying af, and it's amazing😂

  • CDF Freeman
    CDF Freeman 18 days ago +2

    I'm sry this is hilarious!!!!!! I actually enjoyed every second of this!!!!!!!

  • Nightplayer 81
    Nightplayer 81 18 days ago +2

    But... What about the bouncy castle :(

  • mwothe
    mwothe 18 days ago +3

    A lot of this is fake. I don't know why on earth this is a TED talk.

  • Dave Bell
    Dave Bell 18 days ago +4

    Veitch for the Win! I love it!
    I've had my fill of spammers and scammers, but the one that stands out for me was the guy calling from a boiler-room, offering me a solar power system. After several times politely explaining that I already have a system in place and requesting they (always the same "he", though) stop calling me, I was getting angry and rude. Still to no avail, as I would get 4-6 calls a week, always at inconvenient times. I resorted to angry demands to put me on a do not call list, and he finally responded, "Not going to happen, sir!" A few calls later, he told me as an aside, "I was poking your mother the other day, and she said I was much better than your father!" I had to break down laughing, and he did, as well. That was the last call from him! Can't call it a great win, but the calls stopped...

  • Ducaso
    Ducaso 18 days ago +4

    *I ' M I N .*

  • Sandy Hardstone
    Sandy Hardstone 18 days ago +2
    You should have asked for a picture of bob or vagin.

  • T Tube
    T Tube 18 days ago +1

    Please send the doggy to the egg and deposit the extra doggy to bob and tell bob the go the the toot and get the big gummy bear

  • A.B 129
    A.B 129 18 days ago

    thanks for coming to my ted talk

  • Bittersweet - Brawl Stars

    I thought he was gonna start singing 4:52

  • Nathan Shinholt
    Nathan Shinholt 18 days ago

    How does one reply to a video TVclip keeps spamming in your recommendations?

  • Steven Porter
    Steven Porter 18 days ago

    Top ten Marvel characters that can defeat Thanos with the infinity gauntlet *

  • TJL productions
    TJL productions 18 days ago +2

    This brightened my day! GJ!

  • 100 000 subscribers without a video challenge

    I comment because in 10 years someone will read it and think, wow that's 10 years ago

  • Meghann Ducken
    Meghann Ducken 19 days ago

    The toaster is at a warming shelter and mass is at our lady of Lourdes Spokane washington

  • SerenityM16
    SerenityM16 19 days ago

    Y’know, the most unbelievable thing about this, is that those diamonds would be worth anything XD

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    Canal 7 yt 19 days ago

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  • Kacie Colandria
    Kacie Colandria 19 days ago

    I received a phone call once telling me that if I just provided my social security number I could get 2000 bitcoins and when they finally allowed me to talk I told them I made more bitcoins selling porn than that. They offered me triple. I offered them a glass dildo. They hung up

  • Martin Bammes
    Martin Bammes 19 days ago

    8:49 That's Phillip Zimbardo.

  • Gaming Xtra
    Gaming Xtra 19 days ago

    This is the greatest (and funniest) video I've watched in a while.

  • Richard Richmond
    Richard Richmond 19 days ago

    I have not seen anybody who is more unserious as James Veitch!
    I am an army intelligent.

  • J348
    J348 19 days ago

    Thank you, LOL was invented for you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!

  • Poles Apart
    Poles Apart 19 days ago

    The 6.8 thousand people who disliked this video are all Arabian princes