Pranking Scammers ft. Mark Rober

Pranking Scammers ft. Mark Rober

Kolkata Sector 5 is the telephone scam capital of the world. Although I’ve reported lots of scam call centers there, nothing seems to happen. So what could be better than turning up at these call centers armed with (harmless) devices which will get the attention of these scam groups and hopefully the rest of the world.

Thanks to the engineering skills of Mark Rober and the to Trilogy Media who made the trip to India to confront the scammers themselves, we managed to film a set of pranks via the scammers’ own CCTV cameras.

Although this is having some fun at the expense of scammers, this is a serious problem. Millions of dollars are lost to these scammers and the police in Kolkata do very little to shut down these call centers, so it would be great if people shared these videos and tweeted @KolkataPolice

Let’s hope we can make a “shut down” video before long. In the meantime, enjoy….

I couldn’t have done this without help. Please check out these channels and videos!

Mark Rober’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/MarkRober
Mark Rober’s video: https://youtu.be/xsLJZyih3Ac
Trilogy Media’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/TrilogyMedia
Trilogy Media’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfQU_Qf_uTI
TheMidnight’s video of the same call center: https://youtu.be/reMyoSNR4Sc
Floppy’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbm_DGIr5i1SE7ZKU0fX7w
More chipmunk pranks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOKOttlF9Mk

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24 Responses

  1. Mark Rober says:

    So great working with you again Jim. You are truly one of the greats.

  2. Oliver Banks says:

    I once got speaking to a female scam operator who sounded genuinely scared when I asked if she could tell me more about the people she works for. Said it would “end badly for her, very badly” these people are criminals on all levels.

  3. TophatGeo says:

    The way you managed to simultaniously freak out the scammers with the “what is your name?” bit, whilst also wasting their time is such a satisfiying feeling

  4. dzamija922 says:

    Honestly it looks like they’re having fun. This drama is probably the most interesting thing that ever happened for them in a single workday, at their menial, meaningless, low paying call center job. They all want to participate and figure it out

    • Arctica says:

      It pays really good tho tbf

    • Nippy Bridge says:

      the fact that they were so giddy about it kind of surprised me since Jim literally just told them he knows who they are and that he knows that they’re committing a crime. police action must suck in India for them to be so calm about being caught.

  5. MTB808 says:

    It’s great that you’re tying up their time with these pranks but I think it would be more effective to plant the seeds of suspicion in their heads by asking them if they knew the colleague opposite was on a much higher commission or the one across from them was taking the credit for scams that they had made. Causing bickering and in-fighting among the staff might bring productivity down.

  6. Gordon Barnes says:

    32:06

    Scammer: “This call is being recorded and everything is being monitored.”

    Jim: “Yeah, I know!”

  7. ShitAbysss says:

    I love that “william” thinks he can take control with the one thing he’s learned: to say “hello” in a southern English accent and reverting to Indian immediately after 😂

  8. butterball says:

    I greatly enjoyed overhearing that phone call at the start – the man who was “the mark” laughed and mocked the scammer. It was interesting to see the reaction of others there, patting the scammer on the back and laughing, like they don’t even care if they’re believed or not. It’s like it’s their job to just be annoying assholes and the money part is secondary to that.

    • K says:

      They console eachother for failing it’s like an animal tbh

    • Digital Breakfast says:

      Either arrogance, gallows humor, or both. Working at a scam call center sounds like a living hell – note that someone was approached by a mov for taking video of one of the call centers

  9. Edward Wills says:

    28:50 “And who is in my backside?”
    I don’t think I could’ve kept my composure at that point. Great stuff Jim.

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