Scamming a Scammer

Canadian bitcoin expert Ben Perrin was recently approached by a bitcoin scammer. He promised he could double his money every 24 hours. They didn’t know they were dealing with a YouTuber that actually teaches about bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

He decided to play along and see what they were claiming. In a turnaround, Perrin got the scammer to deposit $50 dollars into his wallet as he was pretending not to know what to do. Bitcoin deposits are irreversible so he was surprised the scammer sent the money. Perrin then donated the money to charity.

See the full video along with CBC’s interview with Perrin.


You may have heard of the Broadway play Spamalot. But there is British Mashable contributor who has recorded a bunch of short videos called Scamalot. The premise of the videos by James Veitch is that instead of deleting spam messages he receives, he actually answers them. They are all under 4 minutes long so they are quick watch. Season 1 includes the following episodes: Gold, Poem, Toaster, Mary Gary, Novel, and China Jewelry Corp.

You can watch a season of it on Amazon video or see them on his Youtube channel.

Here is the first episode: Gold.

Can you hear me?

Don’t say yes! If someone calls from an unknown number and asks, “Can you hear me?,” don’t say ‘yes.’ It will be recorded and they will have your voice saying yes in agreement and may use it to authorize changes on a phone bill, utility bill, or credit card bill.

The Victor crew thinks this sounds a lot like the old ‘slamming’ fraud where a phone company would ask you a few questions and if you said ‘yes’ to anything they would change your phone billing method, mostly to a much higher rate with another company.

Right now this is mostly happening in Virginia, although similar complaints came from the Pittsburgh Better Business Bureau in October.

Police are urging people that if they receive this type of call, to hang up immediately and don’t answer.