Beau’s Cousin Makes the Right Call

Built into every scam there’s an escape hatch, but it can be hard to see it. This week’s episode may help.

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There was a video chat, phone messages and a lot of back and forth before Beau’s cousin began to wonder if he was thinking straight, and called to see if we thought he was being scammed. This week we get a rare look at a pig butcher in action. 

It’s not always easy to tell if you’re talking to a scammer or a really nice person, but there are some tricks to use, and we implement most of them in this episode, from reverse image searches and facial recognition databases to good old fashioned cross-referencing, this is a great episode for anyone concerned about falling prey to an expert scammer.  

The Tinfoil Swan give you the skinny on public charging kiosks. Are they safe? The FBI says no, and we have some tips for you.

About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is executive produced by Adam Levin and Beau Friedlander and produced by Andrew Steven and Travis Taylor.

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