Clacton carer uses YouTube videos to stop £7,000 scam

A CARER has used knowledge gained from YouTube to save his neighbor from being scammed out of £7,000.

Keith Lawrence, 55, went to the aid of his 64-year-old neighbor who was the target of scammers.

In what is known as a refund scam, scammers target places with elderly populations and call at obscure times to catch potential victims off guard.

Keith said: ‘They called my neighbor at 7am so he assumed there was a serious problem.

“He didn’t have his glasses on and they tried to convince him something was wrong.

“He ended up giving them his credit card number and the three-digit security number, which wasn’t ideal.”

Keith, of Tudor Estate, Jaywick, erased his neighbour’s computer, but in doing so the scammers kept calling his neighbor and that’s how Keith recognized the scam.

He added: “From the YouTube videos I watched, I knew what was going to happen next, so I asked my neighbor to answer his phone and agree to whatever he wanted.

“They asked him if he had taken money out of the bank which they had asked for before, he lied and said yes.

“They then wanted him to put the money in two envelopes and send it to an address in Birmingham.”

Keith learned about these scammers and how they work using two YouTube channels called Scammer Payback and Kitboga.

The channels have over one million and two million subscribers respectively and their content is educational and entertaining.

In Scammer Payback’s most popular video, he uses an audio-altering device, changing his voice to sound like an elderly woman to beat the scammer at his own game.

In the video, Scammer Payback refers to Anydesk, a remote desktop application that hackers repurpose to gain access to computers of potential victims.

Keith, who cares for his wife who suffers from epilepsy, said that thanks to his intervention, the scammers were left empty-handed.

If you have been the victim of a crime, report your case to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 240.

Raymond T. Helms