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This week a new online scam was reported by YouTube star Philip DeFranco.

DeFranco warned his 6 million-plus subscribers not to trust any direct messages on YouTube pretending to come from his account that has promised “gifts” for clicking on a specified link.

The scam appears to be a fairly typical online phishing scheme, which target individuals to divulge personal information, like credit card and social security numbers.

“We’re aware and in the process of implementing additional measures to fight impersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors.,” a YouTube employee wrote on its community forum.

A YouTube scam reported this week is upholding the age-old adage -if it sounds too good to be true, well, you know the rest.

On Wednesday, YouTube star Philip DeFranco warned his 6 million-plus subscribers not to trust any direct messages pretending to come from his account that promise rewards for clicking a specified link.

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