In case you haven't seen it, our cover story
this week spotlights the online hijinks of Paul Kinsella, alias Calvin Huckle.
Huckle is a "scam baiter" whose primary joy in life is turning the table on West African e-mail scammers. He does it by posing as a naive victim and wasting as much of the fraudster's time and money as possible.
To give you a taste of how he operates, here are three morsels transcribed from his Web site, 419hell.com
1) Calvin Huckle on the phone with "Diplomat Alberto," who is claiming to be the director of Homeland Security stationed in "Houseton, Tx" [sic]
CH: "So...why is it that you talk like someone who's been lobotomized?"
Diplomat Alberto: "[unclear] What are you trying to say to me now?"
CH: "Well, the way you talk indicates that you're mildly retarded, see?...Homeland Security usually doesn't hire retarded, brain-damaged people."
2) "Grandpa Huckle" is another one of Kinsella's aliases. Here's the old man on the phone with a romance scammer calling herself "Sweet Candy."
Sweet Candy: I'm a nurse.
Grandpa Huckle: You're a maid?
Sweet Candy: Yes.
Grandpa Huckle: Do they really have maids in Nigeria? Isn't that like putting hubcaps on a tractor?
Calvin Huckle speaking to one of his most beloved scammers, Ray Garvin.
You really should listen to the whole thing by clicking here:
Calvin Huckle: You have my full attention, don't worry, I'm not gonna interrupt you, I'm listening very carefully.
Garvin: Ok I -
Calvin Huckle: Go ahead I'm listening you have my full attention, I'm all ears, go ahead.
Garvin: Listen to me -
Huckle: I am listening to you very carefully, go ahead, I won't
interrupt you at all, you have my full attention, start speaking: now.
Garvin: Ok. So I want -
Calvin Huckle: Go ahead, I won't interrupt you.