How To Make A Telemarketer Cry (or, Suing Bozos for Fun & Profit) is an interesting tale of how a receiver of a telemarketing call got the telemarketer to pay them $500.
When the call came in the pre-dawn hours of November 12, it awoke me and my wife from a sound sleep. After groggily picking up the phone — my heart suddenly pounding as I dimly expected news of a death in the family or other emergency — I was appalled to hear a pre-recorded advertisement for a local handyman/landscaping service. I hung up without listening to the rest of the message.
If we could only easily do that to email spammers.
The tale reminded me of thestory, where a guy deposited a fake check he received as junk mail:
I withdrew $40 from my automated bank machine. Out spit the two twenties and the little orange and sand-colored receipt. I stared at it. It looked like Ed McMahon had sent it. My bank balance was almost a hundred thousand dollars.
The bank had accepted the phony $95,093.35 deposit!