Yesterday, popular streamer Kitboga, who shares his experiences of pranking scammers with the YouTube community and reveals the detailed scripts they use for their scams, said on his Twitter account that crypto exchange Kraken had built a custom account for him to trap malicious actors. Kitboga has already tested its functionality while playing a prank on the scammer he made about a year ago.
"I recently partnered with Kraken, and they built a custom environment for me to use it to fight against scammers. We tested it out on this scammer we have been talking to for over a year ago. He was expecting me to send $455,000 to his Bitcoin wallet. His level of anger when he didn't get it is proof it worked," Kitboga shared in a tweet.
Back in April 2022, the same scammer amused Kitboga's audience with his ability to mimic president Joe Biden's accent. Kitboga then played an elderly lady and intentionally stretched the conversation to almost five hours. This is how long it took Biden's imposter to try to steal $30,000 from the streamer. This is a favorite strategy of Kitboga, who enjoys engaging in long conversations with scammers to give them the illusion that they have a good chance of success, only to frustrate them at the last moment by not giving in.
spend it on BItcoins. The cryptocurrency is then supposed to be sent to the scammers' addresses, which are described as "secure government wallets."
In 2022, the president's impersonator claimed the money would go to charity. Kitboga made him feel really close to fulfilling the goal when the streamer said he would rather send $100 first to check if the transaction would work properly, and only then send the rest of the money. The scammer, who continued to claim that he needed exactly the $30,000 and did not want to get in trouble for money laundering because of a $100 transaction, got rather disappointed by Kitboga's behavior. Although the scammer eventually became suspicious, he once again fell into the streamer's trap a year later.
This time, the scammer could see Kitboga's Kraken-built fake crypto account via screen-sharing software. The sight of over $450,000 worth of Bitcoins made Biden's impersonator particularly excited, but there was a surprise - Kitboga's character, again an elderly woman, pretended to make a mistake in the fraudster's wallet address.
"Every day there are scammers taking advantage of people. I call them to waste their time, walk people through their 'script' and lies, report info when I can, and otherwise make light of a dark situation," Kitboga, who had 3 million subscribers on his channel KitbogaShow at press time, describes his activity.
In one of his recent videos, Kitboga highlighted a new type of Bitcoin-related scam called the Social Security fraud. Initially, victims receive text messages or emails with information about unusual purchases they supposedly have made with their bank accounts. The emails also contain scammers' phone numbers who first tell that the victims' identities have been stolen and then ask them to withdraw all their money and spend it on BItcoins. The cryptocurrency is then supposed to be sent to the scammers' addresses, which are described as "secure government wallets."