If in case you have a YouTube channel, there’s a new (new to me anyway) e-mail rip-off that you simply want to concentrate on. This rip-off landed in my inbox earlier at the moment. Thankfully, the rip-off is so poorly executed that it’s moderately straightforward to identify.
The rip-off is that somebody finds the e-mail handle you have got related to the “about” web page in your YouTube channel then sends you a PDF by sharing it by way of Google Drive. The PDF is titled “Copyright Warning” and claims to be from “YouTube Help.” Nonetheless, the e-mail handle related to the shared file is a generic Gmail handle. That is the primary clue that the e-mail is a phishing try.
One other clue that this was a rip-off was that in my case, the e-mail handle discovered on my channel’s about web page is totally different from the one which I take advantage of to really log into and publish movies on my channel. YouTube help, from whom I’ve acquired official emails, will solely contact you thru the e-mail that you simply use to log into and publish in your YouTube channel.
As a result of I take pleasure in unraveling scams like these, I made a video to spotlight the issues with the rip-off and find out how to keep away from falling for it. You possibly can watch the video right here on my YouTube channel or as embedded beneath.
Purposes for Training
I prefer to take rip-off e-mail makes an attempt like this one and use them as the premise for brief classes about cybersecurity. Emails the just like the one I obtained at the moment have some tell-tale indicators of a rip-off which can be pretty straightforward to identify. See in case your college students can spot them.
Some related scams that I’ve unraveled within the final couple of years embrace this one about picture attribution and this one additionally about picture attribution from somebody pretending to be a lawyer.