A dear friend was promoted to a managing position of a major software release. To put it mildly, he became full of himself, his ego swelled and he became almost unbearable to be around. That said, we all loved him. So I created this complicated and prank - on as large scale as his ego - to show him how silly he was being, yet worthy of the time and energy this prank entails. It wasn't until very late in the fame that i divulged that I was behind it to his girlfriend, and enlisted her help in the coup de gras.
What you will need:
- Actual stationary from exotic hotels, locations, businesses and institutions. Including matching envelopes.
- Stamps that correspond with any exotic foreign locations.
- a cohort that is close to your target
Step 1: Collect stationary.
Enlist friends - preferably no one who knows the target. Anyone traveling. People who work at recognizable companies.
I had been collecting stationary for months before I decided on this prank, but once I decided to pull it, I needed different stationary than I had and it only took a few days to have enough to start. And because of the length of time this prank takes to play out, I had plenty of time to acquire the rest.
Step 2: Collect any additional materials to support your letters.
Stamps, postmarks, bills, etc. are very useful in providing weight to your prank.
Step 3: Take a small step first.
Since my target was in software technology, I started with a corporate letterhead. I chose Adobe Systems, Inc.
The letter was from the desk of a product manager, thanking the target for creating such a stellar product release.
Nothing to raise suspicion...yet.