Watch out for this scam email pretending to be from YouTube support

If you have a YouTube channel, there is a new (new to me anyway) email scam that you should be aware of. This trick landed in my inbox earlier today. Fortunately, the scam is so poorly executed that it is easy to spot.

The scam is that someone finds the email address you linked to on your YouTube channel’s About page, and then sends you a PDF by sharing it via Google Drive. The PDF is titled “Copyright Warning” and claims to be from YouTube Support. However, the email address associated with the shared file is a public Gmail address. This is the first indication that the email is a phishing attempt.

Another clue that this was a scam is that in my case the email address on my channel’s About page is different from the one I use to sign in and post videos to my channel. YouTube Support, from which you have received legitimate emails, will only contact you via the email you use to sign in and post to your YouTube channel.

Because I enjoy exposing such scams, I made a video to highlight the flaws in the scam and how to avoid falling for it. Could you Watch the video here on my YouTube channel or as included below.

Education apps

I love receiving email scams like this and use them as the basis for short lessons on cybersecurity. Emails similar to the one I received today contain some telltale signs of a scam that are fairly easy to spot. See if students can spot them.

It includes some similar scams that I’ve uncovered in the past two years This one is about image attribution And the This is also about photo attribution from someone pretending to be a lawyer.

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