Paper: Faceless patrons – an augmented installation exploring 419- fictional narratives

Title: Faceless patrons – an augmented installation exploring 419-fictional narratives
Author(s): Andreas Zingerle, Linda Kronman
Email: andreas.zingerle (at), linda (at)

Published at: Proceedings of International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.



‘Faceless patrons’ is an installation that documents stories used by Internet scammers in so called ‘overpayment check scams’. Scammers use scripted stories to reach their victims, yet when correspondence continues story worlds start to evolve. We created a virtual character to interact with scammers who posed to be art buyers. The installation presents five of these interactive narratives in form of a series of photos each coupled with a forged check. By using smartphones or a tablet an augmented reality layer can be accessed to expose further story elements.


Here is the full paper in pdf format

Here a poster that was presented at the Cyberworlds 2013 conference at Keio University, Japan
and at the ICIDS 2013 conference at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.


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