Instead of just reporting the scams I feel hams need to fight back. 1) Do not let the scammer know you are aware it's a scam. 2) Act dumb, posing as a potential victim to waste their time and resources. Getting them to phone you can really eat into their pockets as international phone calls can be expensive if you go out of your way to make the cost of the call as high as possible. Scam baiting, as it is called, can be one hell of a lot of fun. To read about my first ever bait, which I done after someone tried to rip me off by posing as the Canadian ham VE3XAX, see here http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=230851 He tried to rip me off for $220, but I strongly suspect I wasted at least that amount of his money on phone calls. But you must bait safely. In essence * Don't give your real name * Set up a hotmail/gmail or similar account in some random name. * Get yourself a FAX account, where scammers can send you faxes. * Set yourself up a phone number, that is not tied to you. * Join http://forum.419eater.com/ and get a mentor on the site. Read about how to scam bait before embarking on it. When someone posts the email of a scammer, I will often contact the email and ask if they have X, Y or Z. They always do. They will have a lot of words they cut and paste to send you. Your plan should be to get them to have to do some work. Ask for firmware versions, and if they are not the latest, say it is no good, and you want a later version. Then they have to dig out more pictures of another rig they have. Ask questions that take some time to answer. Once you agree a sale, you must convince them you are just about to make the payment, but always there is some other thing that needs to be done. In my opiinion, and I may be wrong, but if enough hams got into baiting those trying to scam hams, we could make it unprofitable for them to pick on hams. I know one of the scammers on this site also does photographic sites. The main thing to keep in mind is scammers are criminals, so you must be 100% sure you are safe. So while I personally find scam baiting one of my favorite hobbies, I'm well aware I need to be vigalent and not disclose to the scammers who I really are. Comments?