For three years, writer and comedian James Veitch answered spam email.
“All I'm doing is wasting their time. I think any time they're spending with me, is time they're not spending scamming vulnerable adults of out their savings.”
In a hilarious TED Talk, he details his thread with one spammer who contacted him about a business deal. Into the second week, James got the spammer to start replying in ridiculous code revolving around candy.
Advises Veitch, if you're going to reply to spammers do it from an anonymous email to avoid a barrage of even more SPAM.