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Scammers impersonate Mr Beast to promote fake YouTube “giveaways”

Published: 20/Apr/2020 22:40

by Brent Koepp


YouTube philanthropist Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson opened up on Twitter about how a devious scammer is trying to trick viewers with a fake PlayStation network gift card “giveaway” by using his face.

Mr Beast’s rise on YouTube has been explosive – and for good reason. The 21-year-old dedicates his channel to giving away an absurd amount of cash to those in need. And in December 2019, his environmental initiative reached its goal to plant 20 million trees.

Despite the young entertainer’s dedication to spread goodwill to the world, it’s also began to attract those looking to take advantage of it. On April 19, the philanthropist revealed on his social media that scammers are using his image to promote illegitimate “giveaways.”

Mr Beast calls out scammers using his image

Over the last couple of years, Google has been faced with the challenge of clamping down on spam bots in the comment section of YouTube. Often these accounts impersonate famous channels, and promote a “free giveaway.”

However, now the platform’s latest star Mr Beast appears to be the target of a new scam, and informed his viewers on Twitter about a fraudulent advertisement using his face to promote a PSN gift card scam.

“Almost every other tweet I’ve gotten recently is about this fake ad, I let youtube know If it doesn’t come from a verified MrBeast, it’s not me,” he said in a tweet.

Many of his followers replied to the post, disgusted that anyone would use his charity to take advantage of others. User ‘leisen09′ uploaded an image of another apparent scammer impersonating Mr Beast and commenting on users’ channels.

Twitter: @leisen09
Twitter users claimed this isn’t the first time scammers have pretended to be Mr Beast.

Another creator on the platform, CaptainSauce, replied to Mr Beast saying that his vide’s were also being used to make fake ads. Unfortunately, he claims he’s struggled to get help with it.

“Good luck getting them to do anything about it. For the last 2 months i’ve had my videos used for take ads and 12 copyright strikes later YouTube still doesn’t stop them,” he said.

Twitter: @TheCaptainSauce
Fellow YouTube creator ‘CaptainSauce’ said he also struggled with scammers on the platform.
While it’s shocking that someone would use Mr Beast’s charitable video format to scam the less fortunate, it appears this has been an issue that other creators have been facing as well.

At the time of writing, YouTube has yet to respond. Although according to the philanthropist, his viewers are letting him know as soon as these ads are going up, so hopefully they are being taken down due to their reports.


Dixie D’Amelio deletes teaser for song with Wiz Khalifa after criticism

Published: 2/Dec/2020 21:57 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:00

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok star and singer Dixie D’Amelio has deleted the teaser for her upcoming song with rapper Wiz Khalifa after receiving overwhelming negative criticism from viewers. Her mother has also released a lengthy statement on the matter.

Dixie D’Amelio is a household name in the social media age; the older sister to Charli D’Amelio (TikTok’s most-followed creator), Dixie has carved her own path, most notably releasing her own original songs with such features as Lil Mosey and, most recently, Wiz Khalifa.

However, it doesn’t seem that online critics are too pleased with her music, as seen by the oodles of negative comments on the teaser for her upcoming song with Khalifa, which she initially posted to TikTok.

Many commenters brutally roasted the TikTok star’s lyrics and singing ability, with one writing, “Does she really think she’s a singer now?”

“God help you and your lyrics,” another wrote.

Dixie has since removed the teaser in wake of the criticism, taking to Twitter to vent about her frustration regarding the overwhelming negativity.

“I’m just trying to have fun,” Dixie wrote. “I love music and photoshoots. But I’m losing passion for everything now.”

“I literally can’t be excited about ANYTHING,” she continued.

Dixie’s mother, Heidi D’Amelio, has also spoken out on the issue in a lengthy Instagram stories post.

“To those sh***ing on people who are doing things they love and are getting attention for it — you should find something you love and go do it!” she said. “To anyone who takes the time to type hate towards someone who is having fun and doing what they love, please know you are a classic case of a weak person who is truly pathetic.”

Heidi D'Amelio calls out Dixie haters Instagram
Instagram: Heidi D'Amelio / Twitter: defnoodles
Heidi D’Amelio called out Dixie’s critics in a lengthy Instagram Stories post.

It doesn’t look like Dixie’s nor her mother’s response to the issue is getting any sympathy from critics, though, who continue to levy negativity against the TikTok family royalty for their attitude toward the situation.

“When you’re rich yeah, it’s easy to get those ‘million of chances to do things they love,’” one critic replied.

“Anything you put on the Internet is going to get hate no matter what you do,” another chimed in. “She’s just going to have to get over that and keep her posts up and move forward.”

What’s your take on the situation? Do you think the hate toward Dixie’s creative pursuits is becoming too overwhelming? Or do you think Dixie’s mom has a point about the constant trolling? Let us know on Twitter at @DexertoTrending!