YouTuber Mark Rober (famous for his videos about obstacle courses for ninja squirrels, filling a swimming pool with jello, and informative videos about the Perserverance Mars Rover) is a social media star with millions of followers – young and old.
So it’s great to see that his latest video raising awareness of the activities of phone scammers, who frequently trick the unwary out of tens of thousands of dollars.
But it could be boring to just make a regular vdeo about this modern scourge, so Mark Rober livens things up by covering the scammers – with glitter and fart spray.
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The social engineering used by scammers is simple, but it works – fooling the unwary into installing remote access software such as LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and AnyDesk.
Victims are then duped into believing they have received into their bank account a larger refund than intended (in the example shown in the video, some simple editing of the HTML within a browser’s rendering of a banking page makes it look like $20,000 has been mistakenly transferred into the victim’s account).
The scammer then ..