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Running the business end of a website online, you tend to be confronted with the odd dubious proposition, always conducted by email. We’re all familiar with the most venerable exiled Princes of Nigeria, but fewer will be familiar with the Twitter follower scam.

The Twitter follower scam is probably best explained here (in fact, keep a tab of this page open because it crops up later), but in essence it’s a “service” offered by certain professional internet people, whereby they will access your Twitter account and, over the course of a week, begin to follow a large number of automated accounts that will follow you back, thus boosting your headline “follow” figure – until, that is, they all begin to unfollow you within a few days.

Anybody with a Twitter account will be aware of just how ubiquitous these bots are… now imagine you’re following them.

Usually I ignore these offers, as well as the numerous pittance-paying ad companies that contact us daily, but today was particularly humid and I had nothing better to do. I got an email from Glyn Berrington of UK mail order company Sturnam Clothing, offering me the opportunity to gain 500 new Twitter followers in just one week for the low, low price of $40, or £25. I just couldn’t resist.

(Apologies for the low text visibility – think of it as an artistic commentary on the shoddiness of the scheme.)

Intrigued by the possibility of connecting so many lines of generic code for such a small/medium/large amount of money, I decided to go for broke.

At this point I became a little curious. Glyn didn’t seem to be put off by me obviously making fun of him, so I figured he must be pretty desperate for the money. I did a little Googling on his company, and discovered that he himself had been the victim of a similar scam about a year ago – or at least he claimed to be on the previously-cited article. I also discovered that this wasn’t the only get rich quick scheme he was in on. Glyn was certainly not short of ideas.

Spurred on by my discoveries, more of this happened:

I was amazed he was still going. This had taken two hours – in which time he probably could have done some real work in exchange for real money.

Strangely, Glyn played it cool after this, saying he hadn’t expected me to pay the money, and adding: “I wouldn’t pay for it ;-) ” So there you go – Glyn Berrington of Sturban Clothing.





Athom
04.08.11
lol


Lambda
04.08.11
I lol'd.

Middle image is a little hard to read in spots but I got the jist of it.

Well-played sir.

TheSpirit
04.08.11
this is awesome

Enotron
04.08.11
sheesh dave you're coldd

ziroth
04.08.11
rofl.

TheSpirit
04.08.11
owned so bad

Josh D.
04.08.11
Pretty incredible.

eternium
04.08.11
"I love you"

SCREAM!
04.08.11
funniest blog post ever

Josh D.
04.08.11
You guys should seriously follow me.

Jom
04.08.11
This is way better than my story.

I recently signed myself up with a company that creates a female Facebook account that I can get in a relationship with and Photoshops me in random pictures of her to make all my ex-girlfriends jealous.

Worth every penny. Fake it 'til ya make it!

Josh D.
04.08.11
That's pretty bomb, what is it, I'm in.

psykonaut
04.08.11
hahahahaha amazing

iFghtffyrdmns
04.08.11
so awesome.

Kiran
04.08.11
jom is peter coffin :O

Romulus
04.08.11
this is awesome

Jebull
04.08.11
hahahahahahaha

ShadowRemains
04.08.11
lol wow

MO
04.08.11
JEEZ. Really fucking thick aren't they. Good job Dave, you're my hero.

Deviant.
04.08.11
Haha, this is great

theacademy
04.08.11
you should change the title of this post b/c willie doesn't like it when we put the f word in list titles... wouldn't want u to catch a ban over this...

bloc
04.08.11
Did you fisthisbut?

theacademy
04.08.11
lol

also, ilove it when the official sputnik voice (official = caps) responds to people

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lawzviZ0tL1qd37u4o1_500.jpg

Emim
04.08.11
Holy crap this is awesome. Kudos, Mr. Dave.

tiesthatbind
04.08.11
Great write-up.

lancebramsay
04.08.11
You're my new hero Dave ;)

Deviant.
04.08.11
"but today was particularly humid"

The Irish don't understand warm weather

Willie
04.08.11
--Don't worry, I fucked Willie once tonight...--

I definitely have to earn my keep somehow. Besides, as the e-mail proves, Dave is always willing to tell you that he loves you.

Irving
04.08.11
THIS WAS AWESOME. DAVE YOU ROCK.

Duderino
04.08.11
these blog posts are consistently great

AngelofDeath
04.08.11
Lol. This is pretty damn hilarious. More and more respect for DDS each and every blog post.

ratedrsuperstar
04.08.11
I lol'd even before clicking the link. This brought teh lulz

@Jom :D you should make a post as well

Mr_Coffee
04.08.11
awesome

Oceanus
04.08.11
Absolutely hilarious.

Awesomesauce
04.08.11
Very nice.

Aids
04.08.11
this is.....so awesome

I have pretty much nothing to do with twitter, so I had no idea these scams existed. Way to own his shit Dave.

Winsomniac
04.08.11
Moral of the story: Don't fuck with Sputnik on a humid day.



Or terrible quality pictures will ensue. Well done. Dave. Great read.

multipleofone
04.08.11
You should use .png instead of .jpg
That way the text doesn't get all fucked up

http://www.turnkeylinux.org/blog/png-vs-jpg

Skimaskcheck
04.08.11
hahahahahhahah this is wonderful, nice one

tkxxx7
04.08.11
lawl

promiseswept
04.08.11
frickin win

ConsiderPhlebas
04.08.11
Cleanin' up the net one fool at a time

Acanthus
04.10.11
Love it, a perfect way to respond to scams like these.

ZippaThaRippa
04.10.11
Fucking brutal

ShadowRemains
04.12.11
"Did you fisthisbut?"

lol'd really hard

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