Bedragarretorik: En retorisk analys av scam-mail
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Every big scam starts with a small invite. You are about to face the inconvenient accusation of you being responsible for your own loss. At least, this was the case for the seller of ”Macbook Pro 15” 2.4 intel-core, 4GB, glossy” in early December 2010.
This thesis is breaking apart the comfort zone of being a victim, suggesting we want to be betrayed. Although the ”victim” has detected a risk, his wish to beleive that the affair is what it’s told to be, nourishes the betrayal that can proceed. Cooperation is the key word and a possible explanation to scam or betrayal – spun out of our natural urges fear, vanity and boredom.
By rhetorically analysing a mail conversation, consisting of 21 mails sent between a scammer and his prey, the full scamming process can be reveiled. Investigating the nature of convincement and adaptation, it seems we put our trust in trust itself. On the other hand our greed makes us all possible scammers – a matter of the heart for 1920‘s essayist Walter Serner, who’s hand book for scammers appears relevant even to this day.
Has the truth lost it’s charm? Who’s fooling who? Consider that there is no such thing as being fooled – only being a fool.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 38 p.
scam, mail, fraud, cooperation, trust, deceit, Walter Serner, discourse
scam, mail, mejl, bedrägeri, tillit, lögn, nigeriabrev, Walter Serner, samarbete, diskurs, hyperkorrektion, imitatio, vilja
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-11347OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-11347DiVA: diva2:440179
Subject / course
Rosengren, Mats, Professor
Vigsø, Orla, Högskolelektor