Man Exposes Scammer Who Promised $4.5 Million in Hilarious Video Call

Communication with online scammers tends to come in the form of automated phone calls or emails from "princes," but this TikTok user managed to put a face to the name in a series of viral videos.

YouTubers Art Kulik and Ashton Bingham call themselves a "scam fighting duo," under their channel "Trilogy Media," as they document their attempts at UNO reverse-carding online scammers. On TikTok, a recent three-part series by the pair went viral after they managed to convince a scammer to video call them.

"So a scammer named Mary reached out to me via email claiming to be from the United Nations, promising me 4.5 million dollars. All I had to do was send her $350 with Google Play gift cards," prefaced Bingham.

"I told her I'd only send her the money if she agreed to video-chat me, and unbelievably she actually agreed," he added.

Mary and Bingham had a dimly lit video call, during which an off-camera male voice claimed that Mary did not understand English well, but that the gift cards needed to be sent. The first video gained over two million views, with users noting that Mary seemed to be somewhat forced into the call.

"I told them I would only send them the $350 Google Play gift cards that they wanted, if that man showed his face as well," said Bingham in the following video.

The scammer obliged and answered the call himself this time.

"I've been working for the United Nations for years," he claimed in the call.

Bingham later sent him an IP tracker which appeared on the scammer's end simply as a broken link. Soon after, he received a call from the scammer. The video of the ensuing conversation has gained over 2.3 million views.

"You're a handsome man, you know that," he tells Kevin, causing him to hilariously giggle.

Bingham explained to Newsweek that Kevin eventually grew tired of the duo, and cut off contact: "After talking to Mary and Kevin and stringing them along for as long as we could, Kevin eventually had enough of us, and told us that if we wouldn't send him the money, then we should never contact him again. Since then, we have been unable to make additional contact, but we sent all the information we have to the local authorities, so now we just wait on them to see if any additional actions will be taken."

Viewers were left entertained by Kevin's quick diverts back to demands to show the card after every compliment.

"I'm crying at how flattered he was when you complimented him but then quickly went back to finessing the Google Play card," wrote one viewer.

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♬ original sound - Trilogy Media

Although this recent series is certainly the duo's most popular, they regularly create content exposing scammers and attempting to shut the organizations down—sometimes successfully.

"It all started back in 2016 when I was getting bombarded with IRS scam calls daily. In an effort to get them to stop calling me, I thought I would actually pick up and mess with them. After wasting the scammer's time for over 45 minutes, he got so angry and went on a crazy terrorist rant where he called me every terrible name you can think of and took responsibility for 9/11. The video got posted to Facebook, and received millions of views by the next day," Bingham told Newsweek.

"Art and I have known each other for over a decade, and both moved to Los Angeles where we connected over a shared dream of acting, producing, and making a living creating content on our own terms. We created a brand, Trilogy Media, and worked every single day to grow, to better ourselves, to raise awareness, and the rest is history. Ever since then, we've learned so much about scammers' operations, have exposed them to millions of people, and have even started confronting scammers in person - all while educating our audience on the latest scams," he added

In 2020, a fake IRS scammer requested they post a $30,000 check to an address, made out to someone called Susan.

In the video shared to their YouTube channel, they turn up to the address to find an older woman, who was expecting a check in the post from her "internet security" company to repay the money she had previously been scammed of.

"They are repaying me the money that was taken out of my account," she believed.

With the help of their audience, they raised over $30,000 through a GoFundMe to give Susan back the money she had been scammed out of.

"It was by far the most emotional but rewarding experience of our entire careers thus far," said Bingham.

Update 06/16/2021 2:56 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include comments from Ashton Bingham.

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An unknown call on a cell phone. A "scam fighting duo" have gone viral for video calling a scam artist. Getty Images. Getty Images