The primary purpose of this site is to educate and warn the public about romance scams, but there is also challenging, rewarding fun to be had in quirky and addictive hobby of scam baiting.
At first glance, scam baiting might seem harsh, vindictive or like vigilantism, tormenting and punishing criminals without benefit of due process of law, but scam baiting serves useful purposes.
First and foremost, many scammers listed here would not be posted up without baiting. Baiters have catcher accounts out on the web, on all the dating and social sites and report and post up their findings here. More than half of the scammers posted here were found by baiters and it give us all great pleasure when would be victims post to thank us for saving them heartbreak and loss. Scam baiting is intrinsically rewarding.
Secondly, scammers consider scamming an occupation and a way of life. Most of them enjoy the admiration and respect of their peers for the prosperity their theft brings to their immediate communities. Baiting them makes this career path less profitable for the scammers and sometimes embarrasses, shames and humiliates them. The more baiters, the less money these scammers steal. We waste their time and hopefully resources.
Most important though, scam baiters expose information on the scammers that their victims and potential victims can search and find easily on the internet, hopefully before they've suffered losses.
If you choose to participate here by scam baiting, we ask that you follow some basic rules. Once you have a post count of 10 or higher, a new forum here called Baiting will become visible to you. The post count is to ensure us that you understand romance scams, scam methods and baiting purposes.
1. If you have been scammed - never bait your own scammer. He has your real life information and threats to your personal safety can be distressing.
2. Never give out your real life information or anything that could identify you in real life. Use a safe email account that strips your IP address.
3. Never involve a third party or parties who may not be aware of the scam or the bait. This is called the ITP rule (Innocent Third Party). Don't have packages delivered to the address of someone else.
4. Never ask a scammer to send you money. We don't stoop to their level. Along this same line, avoid anything that might cause a scammer physical harm. Sure they don't respect any rights or rules with their victims and they steal and cause pain, but it is not our place to pass sentence or exact revenge.
5. Have adequate anti-virus and firewall protection and do not click links they send you.
6. Be careful not to educate them to be better scammers. Don't provide them with any useful information.
7. Post their details here to warn others.
More information, help and ideas, are available in our Baiting forum.