Bob Servant

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Bob Servant is the fictional author of the book Delete This At Your Peril. The book is a collection of email exchanges between Servant and Internet Spammers and was released in the UK in 2007 and the USA in 2008. Servant's alter-ego is the writer Neil Forsyth.

Delete This At Your Peril

The email exchanges in the book are genuine exchanges[1] between Bob Servant and a series of Internet spammers, largely from Africa[2] and Russia. They are characterised by Servant's increasingly surreal contributions and growing frustration on the part of the spammers. Servant talks to the spammers about his life in Broughty Ferry, a suburb of Dundee which is also the hometown of Forsyth. Forsyth has described the emails as a "slightly strange hobby"[3]. On publication the character of Bob Servant was compared to that of John Shuttleworth[4] and a number of reviewers drew comparison to Henry Root, the creation of Willie Donaldson.


References

  1. "The Spam Busters". The Scotsman. 2010-01-08. http://business.scotsman.com/spammessages/The-spam-busters.3331404.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  2. "How One Man Beat The Internet Scammers". The Daily Record. 2010-01-08. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/editors-choice/2007/11/16/how-one-man-beat-the-internet-scammers-86908-20115299/. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  3. "The Spam Busters". The Scotsman. 2010-01-08. http://business.scotsman.com/spammessages/The-spam-busters.3331404.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  4. "Delete This At Your Peril". Book Bag. 2010-01-08. http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Delete_This_at_Your_Peril:_One_Man's_Fearless_Exchanges_with_the_Internet_Spammers_by_Bob_Servant. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 

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