Recent YouTube Phishing Scam- the scammers tried to lure the user into giving up credentials
What’s Phishing Scam?
A Phishing Attack is the term referred to as the con carried out online by luring people into sharing their credentials that may be used by the scammer to either misuse or deactivate the account like the YouTube Phishing Scam. These scams are done via emails or pop-up ads.
YouTube Phishing Scam
Amidst various ransom-ware and phishing scams, a new con has emerged, YouTube phishing scam. According to our resources scammers tried to compel the YouTube user into giving her password and getting trapped into the scam. The entire internet was flooded with this scam related posts. Hence, all efforts of scammers went in vain as the widespread news by the channel owner at YouTube caused people not to follow the steps asked by the scammers.
How the scam came to light?
It was the owner of a YouTube channel TeslaJoy who spread the word on social media regarding this unusual scam. He received an email that stated its presence to be from YouTube support citing some unusual trespassing over the generic YouTube uploading policies. The mail further stated a detailed inquiry of the matter there itself and asked the owner to provide some credentials required for either operating or spotting any particular page.
There were some fishy aspects that led to the doubt in the owners mind such as the mail came on her public email address that is different from the email she uses to address YouTube and the email asked password which usually is not in normal cases as the company never asks for users’ passwords.
These two mistakes raised suspicion in her mind and she immediately tweeted about the YouTube phishing scam in order to prevent it from spreading further and reported it to the YouTube Support team.
These scams are not new and have been appearing frequently, but this scam was not spread due to the awareness spread and exhibited by the owner of TeslaJoy. These scams are prevalent because of the infringement policies of YouTube that deactivates an account upon receiving more than three negative reports against any of its videos continuously for months. This policy allows scammers to extort money by foully blocking the users from uploading videos.
The owner of TeslaJoy reported the incident to the YouTube support team and hence, avoided the YouTube Phishing Scam from spreading further.