Diana Grove is a humorist living in New Orleans. Her work has appeared on such online literary magazines as Sweet Fancy Moses, Opium Magazine, Haypenny, Yankee Pot Roast, Captain Canard, Pig Iron Malt, and many more. She is also the creator of the comedy site AmericanSideshow.org.
She got the idea to write "Dot.Conned" while trying to sell a motor scooter on line. Almost taken in by a fraudster's "advance fee scam," she decided to fight back with her own brand of cyber vigilantism. Inventing a fictional character and weaving an outlandish tale (complete with hilarious photos, phony IDs and an untimely demise with a rusty hack saw) she was able to bait the con man and keep him on the hook for over 2 1/2 months. Amazed at how far she could push the outrageousness, she quickly became addicted to "conning con men," so she answered every spam email she could find creating even more bizarre personas and scenarios. She even got her friends and neighbors in on the act. "Dot.Conned" features real New Orleaninas dressed up in costume posing as the characters "Phebus McPhadden - Taxidermist," "Dr. Bifida Hendrix - Spine Doctor," "Norman Dodd - Ventriloquist," "Bradlow Crumley - Coal Miner" and many more.
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