In light of the news that around 70,000 people have been tricked by a scam that encourages users to click on malicious links by personating popular YouTubers.
Don’t be fooled: Scammers are pretending to be top YouTube stars and offering ‘gifts’ (GOOG, GOOGL)
A YouTube scam reported this week is upholding the age-old adage —if it sounds too good to be true, well, you know the rest.
On Wednesday, YouTube star Philip DeFranco warne… pic.twitter.com/Z0yYpme5KV
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Jake Moore, Cyber Security Expert at ESET UK:
“Fraudsters have always enjoyed exploiting the larger and more widely known brands due to their popularity. Phishing emails will continue to use popular brands in an attempt to look authentic. Brands and YouTubers themselves, like Philip DeFranco, are able to make their subscribers aware but this type of scam usually takes time to overcome. YouTube is aware of this issue and claims to be putting precautions in place, but notoriously scammers tend to be one step ahead. The best prevention here is to get influencers and popular YouTubers to keep up the discussion around such scams and even have these influencers talk about what to look out for in any future fraudulent communications.”