A popular channel called “TeslaJoy” was targeted by a phishing scam but was able to stop it before anything happened. The owner of the TeslaJoy channel received a rather suspicious email claiming to be YouTube support and stated that the channel was in violation of YouTube’s policies. The scammer stated in the email that a detailed analysis is necessary and that the account password was needed to perform this check. Any online service asking for a user’s account password is reason enough to be suspicious. The second mistake the scammer made was emailing TeslaJoy’s public email address and not the one the user has for direct communication with YouTube. The email address that the scammer used was “email@example.com.” YouTube has never used the domain “gmail.com.” Scammers constantly use the reporting procedures of YouTube to scam people. Emails have been reported stating that the user has two violations and if the user wants to stop the third, then they must pay a fee.
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