Cyber criminals tried to pull of a huge scam by taking the disguise of the most popular YouTube celebrities, like Zoella and Jeffree Star. The scammers wrote messages to the subscribers, pretending to be real YouTubers.
The messages contained a link, which supposedly led to a prize, but it obviously was a scam. The YouTube users subscribed to such large-scale channels as James Charles, Jeffree Star, Zoella, Rita Ora and others claimed to have received them.
One of the influencers, whose name appeared in the fraudster scheme, Philip DeFranco mentioned it in one of his videos. He warned his subscribers and asked them not to open the malicious link.
Moreover, he wrote about the scam on Twitter and soon get a response from YouTube.
Thanks for reporting on this spam issue! We’re in the process of implementing additional measures to prevent impersonation like this. In the meantime, your subs can protect themselves by blocking any account that is spamming them: https://t.co/uieSAi4k7Z
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 23, 2019
The YouTube management promised to deal with the problem. They also encouraged YouTube viewers to ignore such messages and blocking the accounts sending them.
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