It takes dedication to keep up the 419Eater site too, Rover says. The budget is minuscule: They sell a little advertising to help pay the technical costs, and some scam-baiters buy "premium" memberships for $25 a year. Rover says he spends two to three hours at night working on the site. "We're all just regular people trying to make a difference to the community around us," he says. "You do it in whatever way you can. It all sounds very 007-ish, but it's really not."
So he's a do-gooder without a trace of sentiment? "I have no compassion whatsoever," he adds. "When I find out somebody's been scammed, I'm like, 'Wow, it sucks to be you.' "
The fake Dr. Alassane sent this passport to prove his identity.