Man Plays Scam Callers at Their Own Game in Hilarious Viral Video

Scam phonecalls are a nuisance to the lives of us all. However, one TikTok creator, Roy Baker, took matters into his own hands when he received a call from a "Spam Risk" number. After showing the camera the call, he answered the phone before pretending to be from the CIA's (non-existent) "fraud department."

In just two days, the TikTok video has gained over seven million views and one million likes. "CIA Fraud Division coming to a dial tone near you," he captioned the clip.

Baker can be seen telling the scammers: "Hello. Thank you for calling the CIA. You've reached our Scam and Fraud Division. All our agents are currently assisting other callers. To further assist you, please hold while we download your incoming and outgoing call logs to be analyzed against our database of known scam and fraud operations. An agent will be with you shortly."

Unsurprisingly, the caller swiftly hung up on Baker.

For most, the comedic TikTok was a relatable situation, with commenters plotting to do the same next time.

"I would pay for this to be added to my voicemail box," wrote one TikTok user.

"You should patent this, i'll download it on my phone," added another.

"Make this as a separate sound so we can play this when someone calls," requested another viewer.

The video was also shared to Twitter, where it gained over 13,000 retweets in one day.

"I just did it, they hung up so quickly," replied one Twitter user.

"I receive so many spam calls that I have had to block ALL incoming unknown numbers automatically. So if you don't have my number you're not reaching me, sorry," added another in a tweet.

In recent months, the U.S. government has been warning against scam callers taking advantage of the current pandemic and vaccine rollouts. People across the US have reported of scam callers imitating the IRS dealing with stimulus checks, fake COVID charities, FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program and even vaccine distributors as a way of gaining personal information.

If pretending to be from the CIA is one step too far for you, there are ways to officially report scam calls. The majority of common scams can be reported to The Federal Trade Commission using their online system. IRS scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and Social Security scams can be reported to the Social Security Administration's Inspector General.

Newsweek has contacted Roy Baker for a comment.

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