While this isn’t the first YouTube scam email I’ve received, it’s the first YouTube scam email I’ve received at this email address. The email address where I received the scam email isn’t associated with my YouTube account at all, so there’s NO connection. I’m guessing they got the email address from my YouTube About page.
In this video I show things to lookout for when you receive an email “from YouTube”. Look at the the sending email address. In this case it was from here:
Obviously this isn’t a YouTube email account. That should be your first clue.
Once I opened the email, it looked pretty legit. The layout and the information looked like it *could* be from YouTube.
Next, I opened the link in the email in an Incognito window. I don’t necessarily recommend doing this part at all, but I did. The URL associated with the button in the email was a tiny.cc URL, which YouTube won’t use.
Once the web page opened, the site looked about 75% correct and, as a result *may* fool those who aren’t familiar with what a Google/YouTube login screen should look like.
What To Do With A Scam Email
When you get one of these emails, PLEASE check to see who the email is from before you do ANYTHING. If it’s not from YouTube, then you can (and should) just delete the email.
If you want to click the link, please open it in an incognito window. Even then, do NOT enter your real account information. If you want to mess with the scammers a bit, enter a garbage/not real email address and anything you want (except your real password) for the password. This will fill their databases with useless information.
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