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    TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences.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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  • World WD
    World WD 6 hours ago

    Having fun. Haha. 😜

  • Amy Sipos
    Amy Sipos 7 hours ago +1

    Let's all remember that these people prey on our grandparents... Spam may sound like a trivial nuisance, but there's a real live person employed to trick our friends & loved ones out of their hard earned money by concocting tales of inheritance, charity, love, & threat. Hats off to this guy for fighting back!

  • Cash Allen
    Cash Allen 9 hours ago

    Anyone that thinks this is real is the real genius

  • Blofeld
    Blofeld 12 hours ago

    5:53 gotta love the guy agonizing from laughing

  • JackTheSniper
    JackTheSniper 13 hours ago

    5:53 crazy head man

  • Keegan Chap
    Keegan Chap 17 hours ago

    5:52 the dad having a heart attack XD

  • Æk Ta
    Æk Ta 18 hours ago

    A very anticipated sequel I hadn't rememberd that guys voice he needs some testosterone supplement. He sounds more girly that my 8 year old niece squealing out about likin unicorns.

  • jonathan sauceda
    jonathan sauceda 18 hours ago

    Proof of intelligent life

  • mere Peaks Channel
    mere Peaks Channel 19 hours ago

    im pretty sure mr kamanda watched this

  • The Key Smasher
    The Key Smasher Day ago

    Am I the only one who feels like he would make a great Doctor?

  • Michelle W
    Michelle W Day ago

    This is the funniest Ted Talk I’ve ever seen... time to set up an email and have some fun.. maybe I’ll finally get that new toaster! 😆

  • Петър Василев

    Idk why but i feel like this is fake, lol

  • Joe Farrer
    Joe Farrer Day ago

    He needs that toaster

  • Ombric Shalazar
    Ombric Shalazar Day ago


  • Tina Agader
    Tina Agader Day ago

    2 years.


  • Michael Mills
    Michael Mills Day ago


  • Quabbe
    Quabbe Day ago +2

    Top 5 characters too powerful for Thanos

  • jhk655
    jhk655 Day ago

    This is a ted talk? A guy fucks with a spam scammer through email? If this is what passes for intellectual technology, education or design to TED then i think it's pretty obvious we shouldn't trust anything these retards put out.

  • purpandorange
    purpandorange 2 days ago

    I find this incredibly cringey and try hard. The videos of people harassing call center scams are way more funny.

  • Adam Salem
    Adam Salem 2 days ago

    Imagine this guy as a superhero

  • Godfrey Jemand
    Godfrey Jemand 2 days ago

    First of all it is possible that answering some of these emails can bring on a virus or a demand for money. He is annoying me and has a good comedy act. What a waste of time.

  • darkandgreen
    darkandgreen 2 days ago

    why is this TED Talk?!

  • oterra64
    oterra64 2 days ago

    You are king

  • Kristie E
    Kristie E 2 days ago

    Wow takes talent to annoy spam ppl so much that they ask YOU not to email them lmao

  • Brillemeister
    Brillemeister 2 days ago

    I'd report these guys. Question is, to whom...?

  • Janek Keediniihii
    Janek Keediniihii 2 days ago

    Wow! Andy Dick really cleaned up his act.

  • deeingalaplike
    deeingalaplike 3 days ago

    Dave Gorman has let himself go.

  • Francoise Hembert
    Francoise Hembert 3 days ago

    I have watched this several times, and it remains fresh as ever. 😄

  • Kevin SG
    Kevin SG 3 days ago

    Can you imagine buying a tedtalk pass and then having this dude do a comedy routine.

  • Von Milash
    Von Milash 3 days ago

    fun with spammers is now a ted talk? ted seems to have lowered their standards.

  • Roy Tommy Tobiassen
    Roy Tommy Tobiassen 3 days ago +1

    Did you ever get your toaster??

  • Stephen Spreckley
    Stephen Spreckley 3 days ago +3

    One wonders why 7.5 thousand thumbs down are indicated on this wonderful presentation! Mine was certainly thumbs up! Thanks mate!

    CSHARP 3 days ago

    He is very hummusorous

  • Scortova Lexen
    Scortova Lexen 3 days ago

    HELLA yeah Our Lord and Savior Mr Bennnnn darn Shirooooo

  • Kiri Williams
    Kiri Williams 3 days ago

    This dislikes are from email scammers

  • Addison Steiner
    Addison Steiner 4 days ago

    Awesome. And he really is making the world a better place with his work.

  • Bill Cheney
    Bill Cheney 4 days ago

    Blockbuster eh. Nice.

  • Scott Biggs
    Scott Biggs 4 days ago

    I'm so glad TED Talks have opted for doing comedy instead of knowledge. I'd rather laugh than learn--and there are just waaaay too many education places today.

  • Dakuu75
    Dakuu75 4 days ago +10

    "Please stop e-mailing us!"

    THAT'S IT~! HE DID IT~! He won.

  • alan chen
    alan chen 4 days ago +4

    Solomon, your email intrigues me.

  • Yamika Gandhi
    Yamika Gandhi 4 days ago


  • Wesley Wilcox
    Wesley Wilcox 4 days ago +1

    Tag yourself, I'm the dude at 5:54

  • radar
    radar 5 days ago

    This guy is good. Yes, he could defeat Thanos...

  • KitKat Snickers15
    KitKat Snickers15 5 days ago

    This guy is a LEGEND

  • Jackson T
    Jackson T 5 days ago +1

    His name is lieutenant commander

  • neon cz
    neon cz 5 days ago

    This guy is more annoying than You.

    Yes, You.

  • iunary
    iunary 5 days ago

    Today on things that did not happen: ....

  • Jenny Fedei
    Jenny Fedei 5 days ago

    I am a Pakistani Princess from Harīpur and I have 1,700,000,000 Rupee in need of transfer to Zurich Cantonal Bank in Switzerland via the USA to maintain the privacy of my identity. I will give you a 40% cut and transfer the funds to you immediately if you agree to help me. For your trouble, I'll not only send you a free toaster but a year's supply of hummus as well!

  • Irmalinda Desiderio
    Irmalinda Desiderio 5 days ago +6

    I'm laughing so hard, my asthma is kicking in! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Unknown Entity
    Unknown Entity 5 days ago +1


  • Bobector
    Bobector 5 days ago


  • Dick SoFire
    Dick SoFire 5 days ago

    Dude insta girls have it way too easy. Big Gomer spits the truth

  • KitsWorld
    KitsWorld 6 days ago +1



  • Joshua Montague
    Joshua Montague 6 days ago +2

    That Scotland bank got *TOASTED!!!* 😉

  • Daniel Adamson
    Daniel Adamson 6 days ago

    The most gullible people and me ............
    And Joe Lycitte

  • Swamp Trap
    Swamp Trap 6 days ago

    I am neither amazed nor impressed by this guy, whats the big deal?

  • GravityLee
    GravityLee 6 days ago

    Reverse Bizarro Andy Dick

  • kefas longshak
    kefas longshak 6 days ago +7

    🤣🤣🤣🤣can't stop laughing🤣🤣😂 "please, stop emailing us"

  • Rozenia Johnson
    Rozenia Johnson 6 days ago

    I've been a SuperFan ever since the rubber duckies. LOL!!

  • Xxgrace_a_heightx X
    Xxgrace_a_heightx X 7 days ago

    for gods sake give the man his hummus XD

  • Shahzad Ali
    Shahzad Ali 7 days ago +1

    Raj Ramesh with horrible english and weird way of communication,
    What tells more about an indian scammer😂

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      Shahzad Ali Exactly. How I spot scams.

  • *aminn4901*
    *aminn4901* 7 days ago

    It’s not even that funny

  • Melissa Borror
    Melissa Borror 7 days ago

    🤣🤣🤣 I don’t know who you are or of you; but, I most definitely need to meet you!💖💖💖

  • Flexamillious Streaming

    Question: do you think raj was annoyed.
    James: hold on im sending him another picture of a toaster

  • Henei Baite
    Henei Baite 7 days ago +1

    Just yesterday I got the exact same spam message 😂and today YT is recommending this to me.Amazing 😂

  • Vadim VeeVoit
    Vadim VeeVoit 7 days ago

    Obviously that was fucking brilliant

  • Tyfoo
    Tyfoo 8 days ago

    Переведите на русский пж((

  • Sayszar Tempest
    Sayszar Tempest 8 days ago

    The hero we all need, but never notice 😂

  • Yon Esu
    Yon Esu 8 days ago


    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago +1

      Yon Esu You know you won when the scammer wants you to stop emailing them.

  • Saul Statman
    Saul Statman 8 days ago

    bring the spammers h e l l

  • Neha Bajaj
    Neha Bajaj 9 days ago

    Awesome 🤣

  • erka null
    erka null 9 days ago

    That's hilarious! 😂

    The MUSICUBER 9 days ago

    are we counting pluto...i died

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      The MUSICUBER Apparently.

  • dontmessupmykokobop
    dontmessupmykokobop 9 days ago

    "Are we counting Pluto then?" I knew I wanted to marry this guy

  • Brian Sounalath
    Brian Sounalath 9 days ago +2

    omg this is like stand-up for scientists over 55

  • Tracy KaPoni
    Tracy KaPoni 9 days ago

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 hell nahhhhh

  • Tracy KaPoni
    Tracy KaPoni 9 days ago

    Smh........these scam ppl are DOG SHIT

  • Kenny Kiss
    Kenny Kiss 10 days ago

    hahahahahah James you are a beast!!!!

  • Tropic The Wolf
    Tropic The Wolf 10 days ago +1

    How I desperately wish for spam email.

    • Tropic The Wolf
      Tropic The Wolf 5 days ago

      @KitsWorld Sure! I looked at different places to get scam emails and they all said to either post your email online or on some shady website which I don't feel comfortable doing. Until someone emails me, I'll just have to stick with calling scammers.

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      Tropic The Wolf If you find a way to get people to try to scam you please tell me. I’d love to have someone to mess with over the summer.

  • Role Zarolaj
    Role Zarolaj 10 days ago

    James You are GENIUS!!!

  • Allen Enriquez
    Allen Enriquez 10 days ago

    Okay does this guy have Side kick because I am in I think this would be a great global effort!

    • Allen Enriquez
      Allen Enriquez 4 days ago

      KitsWorld it’s on! These people would wish get change their hobby for another one! Lol 😝

    • Allen Enriquez
      Allen Enriquez 4 days ago

      Tropic The Wolf let the chaos begin

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago +1

      Allen Enriquez

      I’m in.

    • Tropic The Wolf
      Tropic The Wolf 10 days ago +1

      I as well want to join in this.

  • Carlos Juarez
    Carlos Juarez 10 days ago

    Tf even is hummus???

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      Carlos Juarez When you find out. Let me know.

  • Samerina
    Samerina 10 days ago

    I love himmmmm

  • Penny for my thot
    Penny for my thot 11 days ago

    I wanna marry this guy

  • champ boxer
    champ boxer 11 days ago


  • Y.
    Y. 11 days ago +2

    Legend says he's still waiting for that free toaster

  • Sod Fish
    Sod Fish 11 days ago +1

    If you like this guy go and watch everything Dave Gorman has done, or more of James Veitch obviously. The style and content here appear to be directly inspired by Dave though. I don't mean that in a bad way. I loved this.

  • Sod Fish
    Sod Fish 11 days ago

    If you like this guy go and watch everything Dave Gorman has done, or more of James Veitch obviously. The style and content here appear to be directly inspired by Dave though. I don't mean that in a bad way. I loved this.

  • Martin Julínek
    Martin Julínek 11 days ago

    *metal music starts*
    men in 5:53

  • Trent Naminco
    Trent Naminco 11 days ago

    I hate this dude

  • jame4830 jame4830
    jame4830 jame4830 11 days ago

    TVclip recommended this to me first 2 years ago. This is the funniest video I've seen in ages. Fuck you, TVclip, for not warning me what I was missing.

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      jame4830 jame4830 I had to find this on my own. This guy is a legend and I missed out on this.

  • GJ SIX 8
    GJ SIX 8 12 days ago

    He seems very pleased with himself, doesn't he?

    • GJ SIX 8
      GJ SIX 8 5 days ago

      @KitsWorld Hmmm. He should get out more. Perhaps you should too.

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      GJ SIX 8 I think he has a reason to be. That was amazing 😂

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    willa defay 12 days ago

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  • beni
    beni 12 days ago +1

    Finally found ted

  • Abbie Eckert
    Abbie Eckert 12 days ago +1

    This honestly makes me want to start replying to spam emails. I’m gonna do it😂😂

  • Space Muffin
    Space Muffin 12 days ago +2

    Can’t be the only one who has watched this like 6 times

    • KitsWorld
      KitsWorld 6 days ago

      Space Muffin Nah man I’ve seen it 10 times and I found this yesterday.

    • SassyP17
      SassyP17 9 days ago

      I'm in double digits

  • DocDoesGaming
    DocDoesGaming 12 days ago +3

    Okay TVclip, I'll watch it again

  • ree bolten
    ree bolten 12 days ago +1


  • Susan Carver
    Susan Carver 12 days ago

    Everyone should send James a toaster.

  • ThePro
    ThePro 12 days ago

    I mean this is really funny but i have a feeling its fake... no scammer would reply so much to a person and also they would have agreed to give the toaster cause they were planning to scam him anyways, why would they care to lie about a free toaster xD