- What is The Macron Show?
- How the AiVerify.net Prank Works
- Red Flags of the AiVerify.net Prank
- How to Beat the AiVerify.net Prank
If you get a call from a legitimate business claiming it's their “corporate office” and asking you to verify your information via AiVerify.net, don’t do it. It’s a prank.
Behind the prank is The Macron Show, a UK podcast and YouTube channel with 4.7K subscribers. The intention of the prank show is to get access to your computer’s camera and then post your audio and live video feed on the show for their subscribers.
The Macron Show uses customer service complaints as a way to target their victims under the guise of an “innocent cyber prank.” However, impersonating a legitimate business and posing as their customer service department is considered fraud.
What is The Macron Show?
The Macron Show is an internet prank show that airs every Monday at 10 p.m. UK time. The show prank calls people and records the interactions to live stream on their show. It’s available on all major streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and more.
How the AiVerify.net Prank Works
While we aren’t sure how The Macron Show chooses its victims—whether they get sent them from their viewers or they choose them in-house—what we do know is that it’s based on consumers trying to contact customer service departments. Here's how it works.
You Publicly Post a Customer Service Need
You post about a customer service need on a social media platform with a public profile, such as Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and tag the company for help. Often, people will use the hashtag #customerservice within the message, which is how we think the show is targeting its victims.
You Get a Call From the “Company’s” Corporate Office
Within a couple of hours, you’ll get a call from someone posing as the corporate office of whichever company you need assistance with.
Sometimes the phone number will come up as “Spam Risk,” while other times they will spoof the number of the actual company to trick you. If you don’t pick up, they’ll try numerous times until you eventually answer.
You Answer the Call
Once you answer, the person on the other line will either be a male or female. The male has a British accent while the female uses an American or Indian accent.
They’ll tell you they are calling from the corporate office you had posted about. This is part of the prank.
If you answered a “Spam Risk” call and question them about the number, they’ll tell you to check the actual phone number which should match the real company’s customer service number.
This is called spoofing, the act of disguising a number to appear like it's coming from a known, trusted source.
You are Asked About Your Customer Service Issue
Once they have tricked you into believing they are calling from the corporate office, they’ll try and get all the information from you about the issue you’re having.
At this point, the Macron Show will either start to antagonize you to frustrate you enough to get a laugh from listeners or will offer to resolve your issue but will need to verify your information first.
You are Asked to go to AiVerify.net on your Computer
While on the phone with you, they’ll have you go to your laptop and type in aiverify.net into your browser. After that, you'll be asked to do the following:
- A screen will ask for a username and password, which the prank show will give you. You'll be told to type in “verify” as the username and then they will give you a “newly generated password” to include.
- They’ll then say that it’s very important that you click “allow” and not “block” when a screen asking for permissions pops up. This is for their “online customer service portal," they'll say.
- Next, they’ll tell you that you need to complete a CAPTCHA verification and will need you to tell them what kinds of images you’re required to select. This is not normal.
- Then a pop-up will ask for access to your camera, don’t allow it. They will use your camera to live stream you on their YouTube channel.
Your Conversation and Video are Streamed
If you followed through with the entire call and also allowed camera access, The Macron Show will live stream it on their weekly show. They may also include your full name on the show.
Red Flags of the AiVerify.net Prank
If you’re careful, you can avoid falling for this prank by noticing the red flags from the start. These include:
- You receive a call that says “Spam Risk” or something similar, and the person on the other line tries to convince you it’s a real call. Even if the seven-digit number is correct in your call log, The Macron Show can spoof phone numbers to make it seem real.
- The caller says they are from the corporate office but doesn’t divulge any other information, such as which department they are in.
- The caller doesn’t know anything about your case. Typically, when a customer files a complaint or has an issue, it is logged into the company’s system. They should have notes on your case already so they should have somewhat of an idea of what you need help with.
- The caller is rude. The Macron Show hosts both end up being pushy on the phone and quickly start ridiculing you or using language a real customer service agent wouldn’t use.
- The caller needs you to verify yourself online. Companies will verify you over the phone without the need to access your computer or camera, so you shouldn’t need to use your laptop to verify yourself.
- You are asked to allow access to your camera. This is a HUGE red flag. You should never give anyone access to your computer’s camera, especially over the phone.
- You are asked to complete a CAPTCHA verification. While this is a normal practice on websites, you will never be asked to share what images you are being asked to click on.
How to Beat the AiVerify.net Prank
Though this prank doesn’t involve stealing your personal information or money, because they are using your name, conversation, and at times, a video feed, it can be troublesome if you fall for it.
To avoid the AiVerify.net prank, follow these best practices:
- Don’t pick up any calls from numbers you don’t recognize or answer “Spam Risk” calls, send it to voicemail instead. A real customer service department will leave a message with a number to call back.
- If you do call them back, don’t use the number provided but call the number you find online on their real website.
- Use an app to stop spam calls from reaching you and register your number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
- Only communicate with a business by calling them directly, via their chat function on the secured website, or by emailing them using the customer service form online or their listed customer service phone number.
- Never give CAPTCHA information to anyone over the phone.
- Never allow access to your laptop's camera to anyone you don't know personally.
- Never grant anyone access to your computer remotely, especially if you don't know the person.
- Never use AiVerify.net.