This morning I read an article in the online edition of the Belgian newspaper “De Standaard" about a local computer specialist and scambaiting, a hobby of him, on which he is dedicating about one hour every day.
Scambaiters are involved in responding to so-called "scam" emails. These are e-mails from people who try to extort money from innocent internet users. Everyone has probably already received such e-mail usually going along these lines: "There is an inheritance waiting for you. In order to receive it, you have to pay some costs. "
The intention of the scambaiters is to maximize the waste of time of the scammers. They can be sometimes very creative in it. Just take a look at 419 Eater.