I do not know how effective this new scam is, but this is a summary of how itTwitter and Facebook steal our private phone numbers, locking accounts over and over, asking for personal phone number to unlock them.
takes advantage of YouTube/Google's shadow banning...
You sign into YouTube and see messages (replies to your video comments) in the bell drop-down dialogue.
One of those messages is from a scammer, impersonating a channel owner. But YouTube has shadow banned that message because of its content. You can see it, but nobody else (not even the channel owner) can see it. Good thing for the scammer that nobody else can see it, since the scammer is impersonating the channel owner. It's effectively a private message between the scammer and
you, whether or not you are aware of shadow banning.
The scammer, impersonating the channel owner, using the channel owner's ID and picture, also using some messaging matching messaging ID from someplace like "telegram@carsonmiller" (the name part is a copy of the channel owner's name, they just need to find some messaging service that channel owner isn't using) says you are the winner of a giveaway.
The scammer proceeds to ask for all of your personal contact information, promising to send a really great giveaway prize. Then, the scammer suggests you need to pay some outrageous amount for shipping, and asks for your payment information. By that time, most people should be aware they are being
There might be variations on that coming soon. The tangled webs we weave...
From: corvid <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: OT: YouTube/Google shadow banning is enabling scammers
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2022 21:26:34 -0700
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Subject: OT: YouTube/Google shadow banning is enabling scammers
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On 8/2/22 18:28, Jack Webb wrote:
Compared to other regulars, Bozo contributes practically nothing
except insults to this group.
The troll doesn't even know how to format a USENET post...
breaking its lines in inappropriate places is because Bozo is
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