Have you ever been the target of a phone scam? Perhaps someone tells you they’re calling from the IRS? After the initial panic wears off, most of us realize it’s a scam. Perhaps it’s because we remember that the IRS sends written notifications. Maybe it’s that the person’s accent doesn’t exactly sound like a “Frank Jones”. Or is it the detail that your prison sentence can be avoided if you pay them with itunes gift cards? Nevertheless, a 2017 IRS report states that since October 2013, there have been more than 10,000 victims who have collectively lost more than $54 million this way. Whether you’ve been duped or just annoyed, it’s time to rejoice --
The scammers called the wrong person.
According to Vice’s Motherboard, the programmer, YesItWasDataMined, received such a call. He then developed a script that calls these alleged scammers 28 times per second-
Flooding their system so they couldn’t make any calls to other victims.
He operates an anti-scam operation called Project Mayhem, and posted 10 minutes of recorded audio in a video file that has gone viral. Project Mayhem’s founder told Motherboard that they’ve been assisting victims of phone scams and cyber attacks for a while. Because of the video’s popularity, Project Mayhem uploaded another recording where they targeted alleged tech-support scammers.
Still, it does sound like some sweet revenge.
Watch the video to see how YesItWasDataMined turned the tables.