Your Favorite YouTube Star May Not Be A Prize – Don’t Be Victim Of An Impersonation Scam

Posted by at 3:06 pm on January 25, 2019

A few high-profile YouTubers have been impersonated by scammers sending fake messages to subscribers crafted to look like they were sent by the real video creators.

The scam messages sent via YouTube’s message system asked recipients to click a link to receive a prize.

The names, icons and imagery used by the YouTubers is being used to make scam messages look authentic.

YouTube said it was looking into ways to spot and stop the impersonation scams.

Many subscribers to popular YouTubers including Philip DeFranco, James Charles, Jeffree Star, Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy, Bhad Bhabie and other.

The text in every message is the same, and suggests that a subscriber was picked at random to get a gift.

Philip DeFranco  mentioned the scam at the start of one video warning people not to click the link.

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