Live-Stream Scammer In China Made Rs 3 Crores In 4 Months With 4,600 Phones; Here’s How | #youtubescams | #lovescams | #datingscams


A man from the Zhejiang province in China has been sentenced to one year and three months in jail along with a fine of 50,000 Yuan (or $7,000) for a live-stream scam he pulled off via 4,600 phones over a period of four months. The scammer, through his service inflated live views with the mobile farm and made about 3 million yuan, or $415,000 or about Rs 3,46,58,019.50. That’s three whopping crores!

The man surnamed Wang started his business in 2022 when he was introduced to the lucrative scam of “brushing” by his friend (it’s always a pal, duh!) Brushing means rigging or faking real-time activities online which includes likes, comments, shares, viewership and shares in a live-stream. Brushing is done to manipulate or mislead followers or consumers via a phone farm that is controlled by a specialized cloud service. TikTok is one of the most reported platforms plagued by the shady practice of brushing. For his own brushing operation, Wang bought thousands of phones along with VPN services and other networking equipment like routers and switches. He bought the tech from a company based out of Changsha province in China. With one simple click, Wang could simultaneously operate all 4600 phones and seize the live stream with inflated views. The scammer stated that the cost of operating one mobile phone is about 6.65 yuan, which is less than a dollar a day. Wang sold his services to live-streamers, which was often bought in bulk. Besides Wang, 17 other associated suspects have been held under investigation.

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