How to spot and avoid YouTube scams?

YouTube Scams

YouTube has taken note that scammers sometimes use the platform to try to hoax folk into buying into get rich quick schemes and the like. Our aim here is to identify the type of fraud that we might encounter. Also, we advocate a user’s control of his YT account so that neither scams nor spams present a challenge to peace of mind. Would we know how to spot and avoid YouTube scams? Indubitably! 

Scammers take advantage of people’s get-rich-quick aspirations by promoting “money flipping” scams on social media. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has had to peruse dozens of reports each month about these cons.

 How the typical Scam works :

You see a photo of a pile of cash on social media. The user boasts about having “flipped” a couple of hundred dollars into thousands in the caption. Would you not love to do it, too? It’s a piece of cake. Just message the account holder. The “investor” will ask you to send money, generally $300 to $800, via Cash App or another digital wallet service. Then, they “invest” your money in the stock market, where it grows exponentially in a few days.

Remarkable as it may sound, there’s a catch. When you try to get your money back, the scammer claims that Cash App charges a fee to return it. In other cases, the con artist claims that you first need to pay taxes. Some victims report remitting thousands of dollars in phoney fees. Every dollar you spend for money flipping, from the initial “investment” to the alleged taxes, finds its way straight into the scammer’s pocket. You won’t see any of your money again – ever.

YouTube may also have scams following this model as well. 

Tips to Avoid Money Flipping YouTube Scams 

  • Tell a real giveaway from a scam. A genuine business may have been running weekly giveaways. The company may well partner with other companies and celebrities, which ask users to retweet or comment on their social posts in hopes of being selected for a cash prize. Notably, scammers often use similar language and pretend like they are part of an official giveaway. 
  • Ascertain a giveaway is genuine before you respond.
  • Search online. Prior to contacting the potential scammer, do a web search of their username or phone number. If it’s a scam, chances are that other victims have posted complaints and information online.
  • Be very wary of buzz words.  

Traps into YouTube scams: Avoid clicking video description links

Links to malicious websites can be within a YouTube video’s description. While most links send you to legitimate sites, some send you to places where unwanted software secretly infects your system.

One of these Youtube scams targets people searching for full versions of their favourite movies. 

Safety from scams: Enable YouTube Restricted Mode

YouTube lets you control what your kids watch with a setting called “restricted mode.” The setting hides any videos with titles, descriptions, and other info containing mature or inappropriate material. Best of all, “enabling restricted mode” hides the video comments section, so your child won’t see malicious links or other questionable content.

Download the YouTube Kids app

Overall, YouTube does a good job of recommending and filtering age-appropriate content, but no system is perfect. The YouTube Kids App gives you even more parental control over what your child watches. These features are worth a look:

  • Disable Search. You can turn off the search feature, so your kid can’t secretly look for stuff she shouldn’t.
  • Pause Search Histories. You can disable the “recommended videos” feature. 
  • Vetted Ads. YouTube Kids ads are all paid and reviewed. They’re safer and more likely to be from responsible businesses.

Safety from scams & malware: Get virus protection software

While there are many steps to reducing your chances of being a victim of cybercrime, the best defence is a good virus protection plan. Antivirus software will protect your devices from viruses and malware attacks like those found on YouTube.

Plus, good antivirus software gives you even greater parental control, protecting your children from inappropriate content, inadvertently opening your device for access by cybercriminals.

Even if your child accidentally clicks on a description link, ad, or other malicious links, you’re protected. 

Scams in comments? Being security-minded in the YouTube comments section

A YouTube video’s comment section, in all likelihood, may contain malware site links. Cybercriminals offer additional video content along with a link. After the viewer clicks the link, they’re prompted to upgrade their video player or other software. The “upgrade” is a virus, malware, or other malicious software. Best advice for protecting your kids: turn off the comments section.

Show YouTube Scams Comments who’s the boss!

Spams are not scams as such. However, they might well be doors to Disasters. Anyone clicking them might end up in a scam or malware. Be that as it may, it is good policy to have your tight grip on your YT account and the comment section that awaits your perusal each day. Below are ways and means by which you may exercise control over the quality of comments entering your domain. 

Set the Default for Moderation Options

YouTube makes it easier for you to filter comments on your channel by giving you access to moderate comments.

All you need to do is going to Settings > Community > Defaults. Then, YouTube gives you four options:

1. Allow All Comments.

2. Hold potentially inappropriate or un-relatable comments (mostly comments with links) for your review

3. Hold all types of comments for review

4. Disable or hide comments

If you want to prevent spam, option number two might be the best.

 Add Comment Moderators

YouTube also has a convenient feature that allows you to moderate the comments by allowing other users to browse through your comment and give them the right to report any inappropriate ones.

Here’s how you go about it:

· You can hover and click on the trusted users and click on the three-dot menu.

· Select the option to “Add this user as a comment moderator.”

Another way, you can also go to the Settings on your YouTube Studio > Settings> Community > Automatic Filters > Moderators.

Set the Rules

There’s one more option to prevent any spam in your comment section. You can set the moderation rule to decide which comments are allowed on your channel.

Go to your YouTube Creator Studio Settings > Community > Automatic Filters.

There, you can choose whether to:

  • Approve Users — The trusted users that can post any comments on your channel
  • Hidden Users — The users that can’t post comments on your channel.
  • Blocked Words — Comments containing blocked words will be hidden automatically. You can find it on the “Held for review” tab.
  • Block Links — Any link that is included in the comment will be blocked except for you (the owners), approved users, and moderators.

Conclusion 

We have seen that vigilance on YT pays a rich dividend. Common sense is indeed common, and there’s no call for letting yourself be entrapped. Should you need assistance regarding any such type of YouTube scams, however, Fast Action Refund (https://fastactionrefund.com/) would gladly help.

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