Let me introduce to you, the art of scambaiting ft. Kitboga
I didn't know it existed three days ago, now I'm hooked
Main Performer: Kitboga
Year of Publication: 2018
Submitted by Alex on the 3rd August 2018 at 4:21:pm
Duration: 15 minutes
Primary language: English
You see it right there don't you? The chunky 10 out of 10 rating I've just given this guy? Well let me tell you something my friend, it is well deserved.
So, you know how you visit YouTube, watch a video on how to make jelly, then two hours later you're seventeen layers deep into area 51 conspiracy theories? Well I was on one of those types of YouTube visits the other day when I started out watching Rocket League best-goal compilations, but somehow I managed to end up discovering something magical, something mystical, something weirdly entertaining from start to finish. I discovered scambaiting.
The premise of scambaiting is pretty much all in the name, a scambaiter receives a (false) notification on their computer saying "YOU'VE GOT 84 VIRUSES AND TROJANS AND EVERYTHING IS GONNA CATCH FIRE UNLESS YOU CALL THE MICROSOFT SUPPORT-INGS" - you know the ones - they call the number at the bottom of the pop up and go through the scam, leading the scammer on as much as possible. The scams often involve the scammer gaining access to the victim's computer and stealing bank details, or locking the computer so that next time the victim logs on, they require a password which only the scammer knows, so you have to call them back and pay to get the password.
The scambaiters however use virtual computers, so the scammers can't do any damage (basically a computer simulator program), now this is where it gets interesting, because the scambaiters sometimes bait the scammers (hence the name) to click on a file named "payment-details.exe" which is infact a virus which (once clicked by the scammer on the scammer's computer) runs and destroys either the scammer's computer, or in some cases, every computer on the scammer's network. Vigilante type stuff.
Now this isn't just a single guy doing this, there are plenty of YouTubers who upload scambaiting videos, but the best YouTube scambaiter doesn't aim to destroy any computers, but rather waste their time, get the scammers to reveal information about themselves, like how and why they became scammers, much deeper stuff than destroying a computer. Kitboga is the best scambaiter out there (I've been watching this shit for three days straight, no sleep, I'm an expert now). He changes characters and introduces sound effects to totally dupe the scammers into thinking he is indeed an old lady called Beatrice whose password is "Pecan Sandies".
To finish up, I have to say that although Kitboga is incredibly funny, and the way he is able to improvise deep, complex stories for his characters and recall aspects of his fabricated stories with perfection, when he reveals himself at the end of the calls, it is a little bit heart breaking as Kitboga makes the scammers seem more real, and sometimes - as you'll see in the video below - they confess to their disgust with what they're doing to people, and it hits home that they're not scamming people because they want to, these are intelligent bi-lingual people who have very few options of making money.
Go watch Kitboga.
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