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Top YouTubers panic as scammers impersonate them in private messages

Published: 27/Jan/2019 21:28 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 21:29

by Virginia Glaze


Some of YouTube’s most popular creators are being impersonated by scammers, who are targeting fans through direct messages on YouTube and Twitter with the promise of exclusive giveaways.

News YouTuber Philip DeFranco opened up his Wednesday show with a warning to viewers, showing a screenshot of a YouTube message from an account with a similar name and profile picture, which claimed that the recipient had won a “random subscriber” giveaway.

“Hi, thanks for commenting on my videos!” the message began. “I am selecting a random user from my subscriber list for a surprise gift and you have just won it!”

Philip Defranco isn’t the only popular YouTuber being impersonated, either; YouTubers such as MrBeast, Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, and James Charles are likewise being targeted with similar messages, each of which include a suspicious link that likely leads to malware.

“Hey YouTube, I’m pretty sure 97% of messages sent on YouTube are scammers impersonating big YouTubers,” MrBeast said of the matter in a Tweet. “Please fix this or remove it. No one uses it, and it’s screwing over lots of people.”

YouTube has since responded to the debacle, claiming that they are currently enacting further safety measures to prevent such scams from taking advantage of users.

“We’re in the process of implementing additional measures to prevent impersonation like this,” the company wrote via Twitter. “In the meantime, your subs can protect themselves by blocking any account that is spamming them.”


Meet the TikToker going viral for saying “Charli D’Amelio” 100,000 times

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:56 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 1:09

by Virginia Glaze


A TikToker has taken over the internet for saying the name of the platform’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio 100,000 times in a row — and he’s not the first one to lay claim to fame in this manner.

TikTok star Devin Caherly has caught the eye of social media users around the globe after taking on a jaw-dropping challenge, which he announced in a video on November 29.

Claiming that he would say the name of Charli D’Amelio — the site’s most popular creator with over 101 million followers — 100,00 times, his quest soon became a viral sensation, with his original announcement video garnering over 309,000 likes at the time of writing.

Caherly kept track of his project by using an online counter, which he would press each time he said D’Amelio’s name. However, he didn’t ask fans to just take his word for it; he even live-streamed the entire ordeal, but it didn’t turn out as planned.

@devincaherlyLeave a like and come join my stream @charlidamelio♬ original sound – Slowed sounds🥰

Unfortunately for Caherly, as soon as he hit the 999,991 mark, his counter suddenly reset, leaving him completely devastated (although we have to admit, his failure made for a pretty funny TikTok).

@devincaherlyI spent 18 hours straight saying @charlidamelio and right before I hit 100,000 this happens 🤦🏻‍♂️♬ original sound – Devin Caherly

This isn’t his first experiment of this nature, either; Caherly has also said Charli D’Amelio’s name for every ten likes he’s gotten, as well as every ten comments within a 24-hour period.

Caherly’s endeavors ring similar to those of massively popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson, who has also said the names of social media stars like ‘PewDiePie’ and Logan Paul 100,000 times in the past.

That’s not the only way in which Caherly is similar to Mr Beast; he’s also given out quite a bit of cash and gift cards for his 2.7 million fans — although we can’t say it’s the same as Mr Beast opening a free bank or tipping waitresses in legitimate gold bars.

Either way, it seems that Caherly has opened up quite a career for himself, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for this young creative.