BBC One Daytime to intercept cyber criminals in new commission Scam Interceptors

Rav Wilding and YouTube sensation Jim Browning, along with a team of ethical hackers, are hunting down cyber criminals in this new 15×45 series for BBC One Daytime and iPlayer.

This daring programme will see the BBC’s team working with ethical hackers to intercept cyber-criminals in the act, helping to prevent vulnerable people falling victim.

Using the same remote-access technology that criminals use to scam their victims, the team will hack the hackers and monitor their operation. In a race against the criminals, they’ll identify and contact victims in the middle of real-time scams to try to stop the crime before it happens.

Rav will be based at the Scam Interceptors HQ and, with the help of ethical hacker Jim Browning, Rav’s team will be monitoring industrial-scale scammers in real-time from across the globe.

The programme will also explore the biggest anti-social issues that have risen in the pandemic and the ‘local heroes’ who are tackling these problems head on, such as bike theft, fly-tipping and ‘romance’ scams.

Presenter Rav Wilding comments, “I’m really proud to be working on this programme and helping expose the cyber hackers, larger criminal organisations and petty thieves that prey on the vulnerable. If we can catch these large-scale operations, and expose the techniques they use to target their victims, we can help the general public and crack down on the scams.”

Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak, Carla-Maria Lawson says: “Scam Interceptors is a brilliant example of the type of dynamic consumer content that Daytime viewers appreciate, enabling them to better protect themselves against unscrupulous scammers”.

Scam Interceptors will air on BBC One and iPlayer in the Spring.

Scam Interceptors was commissioned for BBC One by Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak. Rachel Platt is the Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime and Early-Peak. The series was produced by Rowland Stone (Executive Producer) and Sherry Knight (Series Producer) for BBC Studios Documentary Unit Popular Factual.

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