Category: Prank call
Characters: Russell, Rakesh, Abdo, Buk Lau
Prank Victim: Taras the “Crazy Russian Hacker”
Rage Level: Mellow
- “I have a channel where I tell people how styoobid it is to throw a knife at your camera.”
- “I have American BASSBORRR!”
- “HALUM YAEY MOE YEH! LUM YAEY RANGA HA TANAMA GOYAM TERUM GEY HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?!”
- “Okay what about two and a half? I have a one cousin he’s ryke a midget guy, he’s a small one, only count as half.”
Body of content:
I had an opportunity to prank call Taras, a popular YouTuber who goes by “Crazy Russian Hacker” and has a channel with millions of subscribers. His brother Dima and Dennis Roady, a fellow prankster, helped me set up a CRAZY prank that they knew he would believe and get totally freaked out over!
Taras sometimes films slow motion videos with a special camera that costs $180,000. His brother Dima got in on the prank by calling to claim he accidentally broke the camera with Dennis Roady, and I came in as tech support to give him the news of a VERY pricey repair. He completely bought the awful scenario and was not ready to hand over that kind of money!
In the end, Taras was a great sport about this prank, and it was awesome to get to pull off a call like this on a fellow YouTuber. Should I do some more crazy Russian pranks? Tell me in the comments what other YouTubers you’d like me to prank call!
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-Pranked Taras - AKA CrazyRussianHacker
-Uses Hi-Tech Slow-Mo Camera worth ~ $180,000
-Collaborated with his bro Dima to pull of this prank
-Calling to tell him Dima accidentally damaged camera
[Now calling Taras with Dima's number on the Caller ID to make sure he answers]
Taras: Hey, what's up?
Dima: Dude, hey, what are you doing?
Taras: Just chilling, what's up?
Dima: [speaking in russian] You busy? We need to talk...
Taras: Ok, let's talk...
Dima: Uhm, I have a situation, you remember we did a video with Dennis Roady?
Dima: We were hitting... Hitting with machete.. Those...
Dima: ... Hitting apples!
Dima: You remember?
Dima: Well, in short, I wanted to film an intro today to upload the video
Taras: Uh huh
Dima: Just don't get mad though ok?
Dima: I think we can figure everything out, but uh..
Dima: In short, the machete flew into the camera...
Taras: And what? Dima and it broke the camera?
Dima: I threw the machete, and where the vents are you know
Dima: It cracked or something, I am not sure..
Taras: Where? What? What? What?
Dima: It hit there, fell down and broke..
Dima: As a whole it's ok, but something inside is broken..
Taras: Well understood, tripod is piece of crap
Taras: And shield, we should've bought the shield..
Dima: Hey, hey, I have this guy/rep on the phone
Dima: He wants to speak with you because you are the owner
Dima: He needs to talk to you
Taras: Call the insurance! I am in shock!
Taras: You talk to them yourself, tell them you are the owner..
Dima: Taras, I am with that tech on the line, you know...
Dima: He needs to talk to you...
Russell: Uh, uh, hello? Ye-, yeah, hi, I-, I don't mean to interrupt
Russell: My name is Russell, and I'm a customer support uh, manager
Russell: Here at vision research. I was speaking to I believe
Russell: Dima? Regarding some damage to a phantom V2010
Taras: Uh huh
Russell: Uhm, who am I speaking with?
Taras: Taras Cold, Cold, not ocld
Russell: Okay, Taras, alright, T-, Taras, can you explain
Russell: To me, uhm, I guess what happened exactly I am familiar with
Russell: Which part is damaged. But we're kinda, we need to know
Russell: How the damage happened just to be sure that perhaps
Russell: It could've went a little bit deeper than just the outside
Taras: Well, I think whenever we were filming, uh, we were supposed
Taras: To like, throw an apple, and, uh, I think machete fell and
Taras: Hit the camera and kinda fell or something.
Russell: Uh, uh, uh. what hit the camera sorry?
Taras: Well it's a machete. Machete, MA CHE TA.
Russell: A MACHETE?
Russell: Oh, okay, s-, just to to make sure I'm understanding
Russell: The, the camera was-, was punctured with a machete?
Russell: Like a knife?
Taras: Yes, it hit the camera and then it-, it fell. On the ground.
Russell: I got you.
Taras: And uh,
Taras: And we try to turn it on and it's not turning on.
Russell: Uhh, [exhales]. I'm trying to see what we can do here on my
Russell: End. Uhm, I think at this point it might be good for me
Russell: To go ahead and transfer you over to our, uhm, head tech support
Russell: Agent. In our call center over in India. Yeah, we have actually
Russell: Some of the most talented and brightest people over there who work
Russell: In-, in our repair division. Uhm, so, can I go ahead
Russell: And put you on hold to transfer you over there?
Taras: Okay, sounds good.
Russell: Alrighty! Please hold.
Taras: What kind of part do we need?
Dima: I don't know, he told me that the insurance wouldn't cover this..
Dima: But he say they should take care of it...
Taras: Why didn't you just tell them that you were driving and it fell down...
Dima: I don't know, I freaked out and I told them what happened
Taras: You should've just told them that you were driving and it just fell.
Dima: I got nervous you know?
Dima: Got nervous you know? Just freaked out.
Taras: What are we gonna do now! Well, no we don't film if it's too expensive!
Dima: Let's talk, maybe they'll take care of it...
[Indian tech (pranker) answers the phone]
Rakesh: Hello my name is Rakesh. I'm calling with, uh, tech support
Rakesh: Department here at vision research. How may I help you today sir?
Taras: Yes, so what. kinda option do you have, to, to, to fix-
Taras: This camera
Rakesh: First, can you tell me exactly how that damage was done?
Taras: Oh it's, pretty much, it uh, fell down the tripod. Wa- was not
Taras: well secured or something and just fell down from the tripod. That-, on the ground.
Taras: And it broke.
Rakesh: Okay, alright.
Taras: It was, pretty much tripod's fault and stuff, and, uh, I wish
Rakesh: But what-
Taras: It was better tripod.
Rakesh: BUT YEAH, but, what did you hit it with? You know-
Rakesh: Our tripod is very SECURE, it does not fall by itself, you know?
Rakesh: Did you have earthquake or something?
Taras: It did not buy-, we did not buy your tripod.
Rakesh: Oh, that is the problem, right?
Taras: What do you mean?
Rakesh: Ou-, our tripod it is little-, little bit more secure
Rakesh: But I, think maybe, when you get the repair hopefully
Rakesh: You will buy also one tripod for more secure placing, right?
Taras: Okay, so how much is the-, what are the options?
Rakesh: We are having ELEVEN HUNDRED for the tripod. Our newest one
Taras: [Yelling] I DON'T WANT A TRIPOD. How much is it gonna be to fix?
Rakesh: With the, parts and labor, I-, it will be roughly
Rakesh: TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND SIX FIFTY FIVE ($27,655)
Taras: [Yelling] I'M NOT GONNA I'M NOT GONNA REPAIR IT FOR TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Taras: I'm not gonna have-
Dima: Taras, wait, let him tell you what the options are..
Rakesh: Okay, I-
Taras: So let me-, let me, ask my brother real quick HOLD ON a second, okay?
Rakesh: Okay, go ahead, right, right
Dima: Tell him, tell him you have a big channel
Taras: He said he is not going to fix it! What's there to ask!?
Taras: Hey, okay, okay, HELLO ARE YOU STILL THERE?
Rakesh: Uh, yes, hello sir, I am still here right now.
Taras: OK, I have a, three million subscriber channel, I was wondering
Taras: Are you guys interested any-, in, any, some, kinda, uh
Taras: Like a good promotion? The thing is I-, I have almost fourty
Taras: Million views, UH, monthly
Taras: And the thing is I can do either
Rakesh: Oh my God
Taras: Negative or positive, uh, videos, you know? I would like to like give you a
Taras: Very-, very good feedback for your cameras for, for your company.
Rakesh: Wh-, when you say negative or positive, what do you mean exactly?
Rakesh: I-, I am sorry, I don't understand too well.
Taras: I-, I'm just saying like if, uh, if you gonna take care of me,
Taras: I can take care of you very, very well. That's all I'm saying.
Rakesh: But, le-, let us say HYPOTHETICALLY, right? Let us say, we don't take
Rakesh: Care too, good right? Will you do anything bad?
Taras: I don't know, I'm just-, I don't know.
Taras: So what i'm asking you, could you help me out and fix it for free?
Taras: I can give you a nice feedback.
Rakesh: I think, I am very interested, you know? You have very large audience
Rakesh: Sounds like it. BUT, what kind of channel is it?
Rakesh: Just so we can make sure it is within out demographicatamis?
Taras: It's in science experiments in D.I.Y. and life hacks and, uhm, technology
Taras: You know what I mean?
Rakesh: Okay, right, right, I get it, I get it. You know what
Rakesh: I took some notes right now, I will go ahead and pass you to
Rakesh: My supervisor who I think usually help people out with this
Rakesh: Right? So I will see what he can do for you. I'm sorry, I know, it is very
Rakesh: Stressful for you I don't mean-, I am very SYMPATHIZED with you, right?
Rakesh: So I will try to fix it right, I want to get it working for you, to make the
Taras: Thank-, thank you very much. Sir, I'm very happy that you helping me a lot, thank you.
Rakesh: An-, anytime sir, it is my duty to-, to serve. Okay, please hold, right?
Taras: Okay, OK
[Background music], [Answers phone]
Abdo: Hello, this is Abdo, I'm calling with the Fro(fraud) department
Abdo: Vision Research, how can I help you today?
Abdo: UH, YES! Uh, I actually just speaked with my, uh, employee RAKESH
Abdo: And, UH, he tell me about, UH, you have a little bit of a problem
Abdo: With your cAMERA, right?
Taras: I told him that I have a big YouTube following
Abdo: Yah, yah, how exactly did the camera break? I-, I think MAYBE my employee
Abdo: A little bit confused, he tell me something about a knife.
Taras: Yeah, it hit the-, the, the, pretty much knife, hit-, the
Taras: Because it was FLYING KNIFE HIT the camera, and the camera fell with the tripod
Taras: On the ground
Abdo: I-, I, I am very surprised for this, uhh, I've been here for a while
Abdo: Now, working here, uhh, and I've never heard something like this. Eh, It's a li-
Abdo: I-. It's sounds
Taras: Of course. BECAUSE
Abdo: A little bit STUPID, but yeah.
Taras: That's what I do. I do stupid videos, I do science experiment videos.
Abdo: Yeah, yeah, yeah
Taras: I do, I do life hacks and if you wanna check it out CrazyRussianHacker
Taras: I must have...
Abdo: Oh, okay, yeah, yeah, I, and, and I have EIGHTY million views too, alright? [laughs]
Abdo: Yah, yah
Taras: Wh-, What kind [phone key sound] channel do you have?
Abdo: I have a channel where-, where I tell people how STUPID it is to throw a kni-
Abdo: A knife at your camera.
Taras: Uhh, are you trying to offend me or what?
Abdo: NO, I-, I just, I don't know if somebody trying to make a joking or what.
Abdo: ARE-, are you being serious? Or are you joking with me?
Taras: [Yelling] WHY ARE YOU yelling at me?
Abdo: [Yelling] BECAUSE I, I PICK UP THE TELEPHONE and you're yelling at me and-
Taras: [Yelling] ARE YOU A MANAGER?
Abdo: [Yelling] YEAH I am.
Abdo: I-, I am the manager yeah.
Taras: Okay, thank you very much. I'm gonna talk to a manager in America
Taras: And I'm
Abdo: I AM-, I AM-, I AM-, I AM AMERICAN, RIGHT? I HAVE AMERICAN PASSPORT!
Abdo: I AM AMERICAN CITIZEN AND WE ARE HERE, A-, I-, I AM IN THE OFFICE
Abdo: HERE IN NEW JERSEY!
Taras: I'm gonna talk to-, I'm gonna talk to another manager, I'm gonna talk to
Taras: CEO and have, if I have to and I'm gonna tell everybody that you have treated
Taras: Me this way.
Abdo: Uh, ah-, what do you mean wha-, what do I do to you? I-, I am the top
Abdo: Manager you stupid. LOOK!
Taras: [Yelling in anger] DID YOU JUST CALL ME STUPID?
Abdo: No, no.
Taras: I don't understand why you don't believe me. I ha-, uh, I was
Taras: Doing a video, and it hit my camera, do you know crazy russian hacker?
Taras: You can pull it up right now, you can see who I am, and you can see what
Abdo: Wait, wait, wait, wu-, wha-, what is your name?
Taras: It's CRAZY RUSSIAN HACKER. C, a, r, a like crazy russian hacker.
Taras: Do you understand me?
Abdo: Yes, so you're saying you're crazy? Right? Because I don't know
Abdo: who would in the right mind would throw a knife at the camera.
Taras: Did you just [Exhale] okay
Taras: I don't need to explain to you anything, can you help me?
Abdo: Yes, I can-, I can, help you, I'm sorry, wu-, when I hear something STUPID
Abdo: I have to say it, but I will help you, please hold, I will look
Taras: OK, you just call me stupid, I'm gonna hang up on you and I'm
Taras: Gonna make a very big complain.
Abdo: NO, NO-, NO! NO.
Taras: [Yelling] NO!
Abdo: NO-, ST-, STO-, STOP IT!
Taras: [Yelling] NO, BUT, DON'T CALL ME STUPID, OK?
Abdo: I-, LOOK! I can, I will give you the discount, okay? Just please wait with me, okay?
Taras: [Yelling] I DON'T WANNA DISCOUNT, I WANT IT FREE. If you NOT GONNA GIVE IT TO ME
Taras: FIX IT FREE FOR ME, I DON'T WANNA TALK TO YOU, I'M GONNA MAKE A BIG COMPLAIN
Taras: THAT YOU CALL ME CRAZY. YOU WERE UNPOLITE AND UNPROFESSIONAL.
Abdo: Ok, O-, OK, OKAY, LOOK, I-, I AM GOING TO LOOK UP THE, THE YouTube right now,
Abdo: I'm going to put in, UH, one-, one more time, I'm sorry, okay?
Abdo: Look I will look it up, give me just one minute, I will just verify, that you
Abdo: You are a-, you-, this channel, and, and see
Taras: [Yelling] I can't believe you don't believe me. Why would you-, why would I
Taras: Be joking? You know, I'M REALLY upset that i broke my camera, my business
Taras: Is hurting and now I have to listen to you
Taras: I'm not trying to offend you at all.
Taras: [Yelling] BUT PLEASE DO NOT OFFEND ME, okay?
Abdo: No need to be a cry baby, okay, hold on.
Dima: What did he say?
Taras: Dima, did you hear what he said?!
Taras: You know what, let's just hang up!
Dima: DON'T, talk to the main boss! [mixed up voices]
Taras: [Yelling] He call me crazy! He call me-
Abdo: Yes hello, okay, mister, I-, I-, I look up, uh, the channel right now
Abdo: Uh, cr-, crazy, uh, hacker, I see it here, so you have like a big
Abdo: Audience, right?
Taras: Yes, I do have a big audience.
Abdo: Yea, yeah, but if we don't do anything for you, you still will be
Abdo: Nice, right?
Taras: Of course. I'm not gonna say anything a bad because I still love the camera
Abdo: Okay, alright, uh...
Taras: The thing is this camera was my dream...
Taras: but anyways, what's up?
Abdo: Yeah, I understand o- I'm I will go ahead and transfer you
Abdo: to our accounting department.
Abdo: and uh, we will see what we can do for you.
Taras: Okay. [music playing in the background]
Rakesh: Duh, hello?
Rakesh: Okay,I see here my supervisor, he authorize
Rakesh: the-the good deal for you, right?
Taras: Yeah, he said it's for free
Taras: He gonna fix it for free.
Rakesh: A-actually I'm trying to process the replacement right here,
Rakesh: but the system not tell me
Rakesh: that actually somebody by the name of DIMA
Rakesh: was using it.
Taras: Yeah okay but-b I talk to manager
Taras: He said he'll-he'll do it for free for me.
Rakesh: Duh, yeah, you see we have the warranty replacement
Rakesh: if the authorize purchase person he break it, he break it...
Rakesh: then we can fix it for free.
Taras: I have talked to your manager and he said-
Taras: He said he gonna fix it for free.
Rakesh: Are you crazy?! 270 dollars?
Rakesh: Th-that cannot do for free if you not the one who
Rakesh: broke it, know?
Taras: Okay, Dima, I... Hold on-hold on a second, let me ask my brother.
Taras: Dima how are we going to pay?
Dima: Well ask him, ask him if they can do it free
Dima: He was saying they can do it free and here we go again...
Dima: Put some pressure on him
Rakesh: eh-can you speak english? I want to understand, you know, I
Rakesh: don't want-
Dima: dude yell at him!
Taras: Hold on jus- I'M NOT GONNA
Rakesh: Uh-uh PLEASE!
Taras: I'M NOT GONNA
Rakesh: [SPEAKS ENGLISH]
Rakesh: [talking in native language] How do you like it?
Taras: What did you say?
Rakesh: EXACTLY, YOU DON'T KNOW CAUSE I TALK IN MY LANGUAGE
Rakesh: Yuh have to speak ENGLISH
Taras: Okay I'm sorry about that. Uh, I am saying, what I'm saying is I
Taras: I do not want to pay anything for this camera. If you saying
Taras: You don't wanna give me it for free, then you cannot help me.
Rakesh: Between me and you if I want to do that, can you give me if I give it to
Rakesh: You for the good price, I work in the accounting so I can take
Rakesh: It off NO PROBLEM, but can you give me the promotion too?
Rakesh: BUT WHY NOT?
Rakesh: Don't, don't be so STINGY, YOU KNOW? I know you don't want
Rakesh: To pay the money, but promotion is free!
Taras: OH, what kind of promotion are you looking, what do, what do
Taras: What do you want?
Rakesh: I want you to give, I want you to give them a good, you know, review
Rakesh: For the camera, but then, next week I want you to upload one
Rakesh: About my chinese restaurant, right? We just have a new egg roll
Taras: OH, okay! That's fine! What kind of channel is that?
Rakesh: I have a chinese FOOD you know? We have a restaurant, I want you to
Rakesh: Make a video, you say HELLO, I am the crazy mudafarka hacker
Rakesh: I-, you know, I like the food, very tasty.
Taras: OH okay! That's fine.
Rakesh: Okay! But my sister too, right? She's trying to start a beauty
Rakesh: GURU, right? So can you help her too?
Taras: Uh, no, only two shout out. Just the- only one shoutout.
Rakesh: Uh, one more I promise you just JUST the three. Uh, right?
Taras: No I can't do that because the thing is if I do too many
Taras: People not gonna enjoy anything, like they, they, is gonna be negative.
Taras: Like, well, if I do too many, they, they gonna be very very negative.
Taras: About it, you know?
Rakesh: Oh, okay! So, okay, so it's three, you do the three shoutout and then
Rakesh: We give it to you for the at cost price of three THOUSAND, how you feel about it?
Taras: What kind of shoutout are you talking about
Rakesh: You give about one shoutout for the CAMERA, you give a one shoutout
Rakesh: For my restaurant, and one shoutout for my sister [native language speaking]
Rakesh: For her beauty GURU channel, you know?
Taras: No. Just two, just two, just two shoutouts
Rakesh: Okay, what about, what about two and a half, I have one cousin
Rakesh: He is like a midget guy, the small one only counts as half
Taras: NO, I can give you shoutout, so shoutout, uhm, uh, you and your
Taras: Sister shoutout in one video that's fine
Rakesh: Uh, no, but I don't want to share you know? I want to have my
Rakesh: Spot right, you know? Okay so we can do this here so basically
Rakesh: Just to confirm, I'm going to send out the contract to you
Rakesh: So you going to give us the four shoutouts, right?
Taras: Well uh, I wanna just see the contract before I wanna agree with anything
Taras: Does that sounds good?
Rakesh: Yeah, yeah, yeah, but you, you give me the verbal contract
Rakesh: Right now, right?
Rakesh: But you give me the verbal contract, right? Right now.
Rakesh: You say: "I give you the four promotion?"
Taras: No I do not give you. No.
Rakesh: But you, you, but you say it, you already said I DO IT.
Taras: [Yelling] NO, I WILL NO.
Rakesh: But I'm sorry, this call is
Taras: [Yelling] NO I-,
Taras: LIKE A-
Taras: I DO NOT UNDER-
Rakesh: Uh-, what?
Taras: Hey Dennis can I call you back?
Dennis: Uh, hold on one second hey. I just got to Los Angeles dude.
Dennis: I'm at Vitaly's.
Taras: Nice! What's up guys?
Dennis: Uh.. Hey when are you coming out here?
Taras: We're gonna go there for Halloween. Halloween! We're gonna go there
Taras: For Halloween.
Dennis: Here.. Vitaly wants to say hey.
Vitaly(pranker): Uh, duh, HELLO?
Vitaly: HELLO, how are you doing crazy guy?
Taras: [Yelling in anger] OH MY GOD! WHAT THE FARK! THIS GU- [Yelling hysterically]
Taras: OH YOU GUYS SUCK! [Yelling] GOD [laughs hysterically]
Taras: OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS SUCK [laughing out loud]
Taras: OH MY GOD, DUUUDE, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU!