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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.”



Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.