Jim Browning is hoping to get his channel back soon.
A Northern Ireland YouTuber known for busting the activities of scammers across the world has been tricked by a fraudster himself.
Well-known under the pseudonym Jim Browning, he has spent years turning the tables on fraudsters at scam call centres in India, as a way of exposing their methods and educating those watching.
Browning’s videos usually see him take on the role of someone falling victim to a tech support scam, detailing to viewers the language and tactics used by scammers.
However, despite his vast experience studying scammers and even successfully hacking into a scam support call-centre in India, the man himself fell victim to a tech support scam on Monday.
Mr Browning revealed on social media the scammers convinced him to delete his YouTube account – along with his 3.2 million subscribers.
“So to prove that anyone can be scammed, I was convinced to delete my @YouTube channel because I was convinced I was talking @YouTubeCreators support,” he tweeted.
In another post on the man’s Patreon page, he added: “If you’re on the ball, you’ll have noticed that my YouTube channel has been deleted.
“It’s the result of a scam …. Yes I fell for it.
“It only goes to prove that if you get the circumstances just right, ANYONE can fall for a scam.
“I am hoping that YouTube Support can recover the situation by 29th July and I can get the channel back, but they’ve not promised anything as yet. I just hope it is recoverable.
“I will make a video on how all of this went down, but suffice to say, it was pretty convincing until the very end. I hope to post a positive update soon.”