Scammers Attempt to Impersonate YouTube Influencers such as Zoella and Jeffree Star
There have been several scamming methods that attackers tend to use to steal users’ funds. These methods have been used during the last year in order to steal cryptocurrencies from individuals in social networks such as Twitter.
Now, one of the influencers that have been affected by this issue is Philip DeFranco. In a recent video uploaded to YouTube he warns followers about this issue saying that there are some scammers that are trying to impersonate him and send a malicious link to followers.
He said that users shouldn’t open the malicious link because they could be affected by these scammers.
Although in this case there is no mention to cryptocurrencies, this scam looks similar to the one mentioned before. Several individuals were impersonated, including Charlie Lee, Litecoin’s founder, Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder, or even Elon Musk.
Twitter has been trying to shut down these accounts, but the bots tend to be very fast. They create account after account with the same image and name as the influencer and start spreading a malicious message.
YouTube answered to Philip DeFranco thanking for reporting the spam. The team at YouTube mentioned that they are in the process of implementing additional measures to prevent impersonation in this way.
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
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 23, 2019
Social media networks need to do more to avoid these issues. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has been criticized several times for not addressing this issue seriously. Several thousands of dollars have been lost to these scammers that seem to find the way to always steal users’ funds.
Some of the affected individuals were James Charles, Jeffree Star, Zoella, Rita Ora and many others. This shows that the attackers target the most popular figures in social media since they have larger possibilities of stealing users’ funds.