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 How do you eat yours? (managing 419 baits)

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Poll :: How do you manage your baiting?

Wing it!
17%
 17%  [ 7 ]
Same templated routine
10%
 10%  [ 4 ]
I can generally remember who is who
35%
 35%  [ 14 ]
I have a filing system of sorts
12%
 12%  [ 5 ]
One bait at a time
7%
 7%  [ 3 ]
Random crazy answer to screw with the poll.
15%
 15%  [ 6 ]
Total Votes : 39


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Emit Scarab
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I realised that I was fairly swamped by baits and, although I'm doing straight baits, I can't resist a little artistic flair so I can't always remember what my story is. So I've decided, in true nerdy guy fashion, to make a database for quick reference so I know what I'm doing to each one so I don't mess up (they probably wouldn't notice anyway).
So, just out of curiosity, how do you juggle multiple baits?
[edit: I realised as well that I said "so" far too many times. So sue me you so and so]


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I can pretty much remember my storyline in any of my baits, especially those that have been going on for some time, if for any reason I can't remember something, I just check my last sent email.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I only have 2 going at a time and that works for me. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A while back I found myself with far too many lads and got really mixed up with who was who. Recently I've chopped down to just a few and found it works a lot better.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've got about 5 at the moment, just experimenting with different things.

But I can easily see that becoming more complicated with more baits.


Looks like I'll have to whip out Access and get some sort of database going. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:08 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I have a word table to keep track of which addy is baiting who, when it was last checked and a one liner of what I was going to do next or what he wants from me.
Coupled to that I cut and paste e-mails from baits that look like they are going somewhere and colour code him - black, me - blue, 2nd him red, replies to 2nd him in green.
So, to refresh my memory I whizz through the record if need be.
I have a folder called 'trophy cabinet' in which I keep copies of all the stuff they send in terms of ID, phone messages etc. each bait is kept in it own sub-folder.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I use one basic character type (east Asian, living in UK, with very poor english skills and very irregular access to emails), mainly because I'm too inept to juggle different characters and keep track of who is who.
For each bait I keep two mail folders, one containing only the most important messages to the storyline, and the other containing everything else (including my "Sent" messages--this is quite important for future reference).
I also keep one "message" in my draft box, containing a short summary of the scammers who go together and what they have demanded/received.

But I don't consult them very often; any mistakes I make can be attributed to the communication gap.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I have several characters all with varying personas and generally the same level of english.

Half the time I wing it, the other half I remember who is who.

If worst comes to worst I just ignore their email for a while, usually they come back to me and I feign amnesia from a nasty concussion a few days prior... we start over Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:18 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I generally bait like the mugus scam. Typically, my baits are started by ASEMs. So, I have a standard set of scripts that I use. I cut and past pretty much, for the first few emails. Then I usually weed out the non-cooperatives by that point. So from then on, it is easy to remember who is who. I may even 'pass them up' to another character higher on the chain. For some reason it is funny to see the same exact scam run on them the same exact way. They never realize it.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I usually have a plan. I do have two accounts that I purposely bait 4 or 5 lads at once. I never pay attention to what they are asking or what I last said. I am so confused with who is who and where I am with each of them, it really does waste a lot of time.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I play a similar character in all my baits, but it's boring working to a script when you're doing IM chats, so I play it by ear and see what direction I can take them in.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

One day I might pick up 10 or 15 from the surplus and see how they play it for 2 or 3 emails, then I make my pick and stretch one or two to the max. The rest gets deleted. The fun ones I save all emails in Google mail and work out a "plan" to "help" them better Twisted Evil
My first lad runs on a special character and has been with me for a year. I'm trying to get to him with a few other characters, but sofar he's a bit difficult in accepting them.
All the fun ones have a diretory where I keep their pictures, forms and the stuff I have send them.
Usually RL screws things up and I'm not able to get to the computer for days or weeks, the ones that stay with me then are my favorites and when I'm bored I pick up a few more to keep the flow going.
It's like the television, if you don't like the show, change the lad Wink

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