Email prankster who tricked Eric Trump, Scaramucci, Weinstein quits

The man behind a series of email pranks on Eric Trump, Anthony Scaramucci and Harvey Weinstein has called it quits after his real identity was revealed. 

James Linton, a 39-year old unemployed web developer from Manchester, England, reached out to a wide variety of personalities in politics and pop culture, using fake email accounts to impersonate their colleagues to fool them into responding, often with newsworthy bits of information. 

The self-defined "lazy anarchist" posed as Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE Jr. to reach out to the second eldest Trump son, Eric. He also exchanged emails with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci while posing as Reince Priebus, the embattled former chief of staff against whom Scaramucci had ranted in an infamous profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker.


The prankster also fooled disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein by impersonating former White House communications director Anita Dunn, with Weinstein telling the fake Dunn he was "sick" after allegations of sexual harassment against him came to light. 

Linton reportedly posed as former White House strategist and Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon to get Alex Marlow, the site's editor-in-chief, to reveal plans for targeting Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both of whom Bannon reportedly feuded with while in the White House. 

Linton detailed the pranks to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday after a fundraising page connected his online persona "@Sinon_Reborn" to his real name.

The retired prankster says his email antics were "small wins for the average human."