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Daily Q&A: What is the danger if I try to scam the scammers?

I read somewhere that many people who receive phishing type e-mails will "play" the senders by continually feeding them false info. Some have turned it into entertainment and make it a game.

What is the danger if I choose to scam the scammers?

-Neal Goodless, Clearwater

There definitely is a danger.

Deborah Berry, of the Pinellas County Department of Justice and Consumer Services, says some of the scam artists are savvy and might figure out who you are and retaliate.

"The short answer is you really don't know who you're dealing with," Berry said. "People think they're anonymous when they're e-mailing, but they're not.

"You may run into somebody who could track you down and retaliate," she added. "It's best just to ignore those e-mails or forward them to the Federal Trade Commission."

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Daily Q&A: What is the danger if I try to scam the scammers? 03/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2010 4:57pm]
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