Jeffree Star fans are being scammed by fake DMs on YouTube
25 January 2019, 16:04
Don't get fooled!
Many viewers have received direct messages on YouTube, seemingly from the YouTubers, which all said the same message:
“Hi, thanks for commenting on my videos! I am selecting a random user from my subscriber list for a surprise gift and you have just won it!” It then asks you to click a link, which is most likely a virus of some kind.
Naturally, people were confused, and started tweeting to creators, asking if these messages were legit.
The official YouTube team reached out to Jeffree
The YouTube team started to tweet to creators directly, warning them that they were being imitated.
@JeffreeStar we've seen your subs tweeting about receiving spam from "you" via YouTube messaging. Wanted to give you a heads up that we’re in the process of implementing additional measures to fix this. In the meantime, subs can block these spam accounts! https://t.co/LpA8lu4Py0— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 23, 2019
Thank you for this information! Ya'll heard them.. block these hoes! https://t.co/oPsXKLdgCj— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) January 23, 2019
The team also thanked Philip DeFranco for reporting on the issue
Philip was, himself, a victim of the hack, and made a video letting viewers know what was happening.
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
Viewers reported the issue with lots of creators
There seems to be almost no end to the amount of creators who are being imitated as part of the scam. Social media has been flooded with fans, questioning whether the DM's that have received are real (spoiler alert: they ain't).
🚨CAUTION🚨— The Cali-A Club (@thecaliaclub) January 24, 2019
If anyone messages you on Youtube with this message report them ASAP! They are not Ali or Clare but are instead impersonators who may try to access your details or worse!@OMGitsAliA @claresiobhan pic.twitter.com/KxiyWFI7hw
a bunch of ppl are getting dms with random youtube links!! pls don't click it, ppl are trying to hack our accounts !! i've gotten the message three times so far— nora (@babekjw) December 4, 2018
Even Twenty One Pilots seem to have been affected
Yep, it seems that if you are prominent and have a YouTube channel, you might be hacked.
someone please tell me what is going on— ashley (@tildeathishere) January 23, 2019
so on youtube i got a message follow request from “twenty one pilots” and i was like um what?? but i accepted it and then they sent me this message. the link goes to an iphone x giveaway thing which i don’t really trust.
what is going on pic.twitter.com/toFuNPOTvl
In order to avoid getting scammed yourself, play things safe. If you get a DM out of nowhere from a famous YouTube account, don't open it. And DEFINITELY don't open any links you may be sent - that's good life advice in general, to be honest.