10 Online Scams You Might Get Fooled By!

10 Online Scams You Might Get Fooled By!


– Oh, hold up a second. A Nigerian prince wants to give me money. Here’s my banking information. Deposit that shiz right now! So if you’re a citizen of the internet, i.e., you shop online or
you have online profiles, you’ve definitely seen a scam or two, and although the majority of the time most people can realize
a scam for what it is, that’s not always the case. Online scams are getting
more and more sophisticated and it’s not just your grammy and grandpa who are being targeted, it’s you. So since it’s the holiday season and this is the time when
scammers are out in full force, I’ve wrangled up the biggest
scams out there right now so that you can be prepared. So here they are. These are 10 online scams
you might get fooled by. #1 is the Apple offer scam. Okay, literally every social
media site in the last year has had the Apple product scam on it. Apple products are pretty popular, but because of their high price point, people are always looking
for a deal on them. Well, that’s where the scammers come in. There have been everything
from Instagram spam accounts dedicated to giving away a
free iPhone if you tag a friend to fake YouTube comments
under creators videos, including mine, pretending
to be that person, saying “Hey, click this Google link and you’ll just get a free iPhone! It’s so easy!” But of course my favorite
is the Facebook ad that use influencer pictures which happened to me and iJustine
multiple times this year, where fake testimonials are
giving using our pictures and different names of course or thumbnails from the videos that we make saying “Hey, my name’s Brian and I got this iPhone for a dollar.” In fact, this very thumbnail that was from an old vlog of mine was circulating on these Facebook scam ads for like three months with people that were tagging me saying, “Hey, your name isn’t Brian
and you’re not from the UK.” But seriously, these scams take advantage of your desire to get the
products that you want by talking your banking info so that you only pay a dollar, only so that they can actually steal a lot more money from you. So at the end of the day, just make sure you think critically. If an offer online seems
too good to be true, it probably is. #2 is the long lost relative scam. This is one of the most popular scams, as well as one of the oldest. Since email has become a thing,
scammers has become a thing, scammers both domestically
and foreign will email you claiming that they’re
your long lost relative, and that an uncle that you
never knew that you had has left you a ton of money,
like five million dollars and you were the only one in his will. How generous! This scam takes advantage
of people’s deepest dreams of having someone show up and just drop a pile
of money on their lap, and while a lot of them are clearly fake, like the Nigerian prince
who just chose you at random to send you money, they’re getting smarter with them. You’ll get a random email from a person seemingly offering free money, and some of them will actually
search your online profiles and mention real family members of yours to sound extra convincing. And of course all they need
is your banking information so that they can deposit the money to you. How convenient! Except of course you won’t get a penny, and instead you’ll likely find that your accounts have
been drained faster than you can say Prince Abdullah III. #3 is the online pharmacy scam. There are multiple websites online that you can get your drugs from, and some offer discounts,
which can be great, especially if you don’t
have health insurance, but some websites prey on the fact that some people and
families need certain drugs and just can’t afford them. So they take your credit card information for a product that you’ll
never receive or worse, charge crazy amounts to the
card and steal your money. And what’s scary about it is that these websites look
like legit online retailers and they invest a lot of
time into building a site that’s warm and inviting. Maybe even showing a picture of a doctor. Look how happy he is! He’s gonna steal your money! Really though, your best bet is to just ignore unsolicited
offering popular cheap drugs, and if you do shop online, make sure you pay attention to the URL. Safe websites almost always
have a lock of some sort in the URL showing that it’s
safe, secure, and encrypted. Scam sites do not invest
in this technology, so just avoid them. #4 is the fake gift card scam. Gift cards are super popular, especially at this time of year, so wouldn’t free ones
to your favorite stores just be amazing? A lot of these scams operate the same. You get a free gift card
by filling out a survey or by clicking a link, and it sounds simple enough. You’ll get that much closer to that thing that you really want, and it just takes a
little bit of your time. Easy peasy! But these sites are a lot more devious than simply wasting your time. To participate for the free card, the questionnaires end up elaborating on your personal information that’s either scattered
throughout the survey or they ask for your information
all at once at the end in order to claim it. In a way it’s actually kind of smart because they don’t immediately
ask for your information, which seems to add legitimacy
to the whole thing. Well, they wouldn’t let
me spend five minutes filling out a survey just
to scam me at the end . Oh no! But they do, and all of this information is then sold to other criminals who steal your identity, and that’s just a whole
other can of worms. Obviously the promised gift
card is never received, and Wanda Robinson is
Texas just became you, and that’s great because she loves buying expensive Faberge eggs. Lucky you! #5 is the lottery scam. We have all seen these scams pop up at least once in our email. Congratulations, you just
won five million dollars in the totally real, not a scam
at all, online sweepstakes! (laughs) Send us $1,000 and we’ll
cover the wiring costs and send you the money right away. Now, a lot of people
would not fall for that, but believe or not, these
emails can be quite convincing and even look like they’re
from governmental agencies. Not just that, but there
are ways to fake the domain of where the email is coming from, so sometimes it can be impossible to know if it’s a legit email or not. The best way to protect
yourself is to use common sense. If you don’t play the lottery,
especially an online one that you never played
or just doesn’t exist, you probably didn’t win it. #6 is the iTunes, Paypal, or Netflix scam. This one is probably the most popular scam out there right now. I personally get these emails daily. You’re minding your own business, when an official-looking
email comes into your inbox looking like it’s from
iTunes, Paypal, or Netflix. Usually it has account locked or service cancelled in all caps in the subject line to
grab your attention, and they proceed to tell you that they couldn’t charge your credit card because of some problem, or either click this link
and update your info. How nice of them to warn you, huh? First off, no reputable organization will ever ask for your personal
information ever via email, so don’t click on any
links inside of them. Secondly, if it does look legit, just Google their official
email or phone number and contact them directly. Never respond directly to the email. Thirdly, you can usually avoid these scams because of the terribly bad language that they start the email with and continue to use throughout the email, including “Hello Dear” or “So sorry to bother
you, dear customer.” Companies don’t talk like that. If an email contains any spelling mistakes or some other form of spelling that looks like it was
written from a five year-old who just immigrated to
North America, ignore it. #7 is the job offer scam. This scam is unique because it doesn’t actually
offer you any products, but instead preys on
those who are unemployed or those who simply
hate their current job, which is like 90% of people. Wouldn’t it be nice to make a ton of money just by staying home all day and doing some light work for us. Yeah, you can make five grand a week. Now send us your banking information so that we can pay you. A scam! Part of the reason that
these scams are so successful is that they run ads
on legitimate websites and also operate in sort of a grey area because some of them actually
do pay in the interim, but they usually end up selling
your personal information that you just willingly sent
your awesome new employer. Yeah, I just quit my job,
and I got this new job where like I can sit on my couch and I make five grand a week and all I have to do is like
email smiley faces to people. It’s great. #8 is the catfish scam. The catfish scam is also very different because it isn’t instant. In fact, it can take months
and months to execute, but when it happens, it hits you hard. Scammers will set up online profiles using other peoples pictures
and using fake names. From there, they will
randomly message people in a flirty way looking to
establish a relationship. If someone bites, they’ll
create a friendship or even a love affair
that will last for months but never actually meet up with you. That is until one day they need help and being someone that
they’ve come to love, you want to help them, so you give them the thousands of dollars that they desperately need or plan to use to come finally see you! (laughs) Of course neither
of those things happen and they suddenly drop off the planet, never to be heard from again. The best way to protect yourself from this is if you’re talking to someone online, Google image search their
photo to see what comes up. If you search these photo and a guy named Matthew Santoro comes up, they probably aren’t
who they say they are. #9 are fake virus scams. This scam always comes
in a new pop up window that says you have a virus, so either download this
software to clean your computer, or call the friendly technicians by using the number on your screen. Both PCs and Macs get
these pop-ups all the time. In fact, some of them will
actually lock your browser, making you unable to do anything else, including exit it, until you
call the number on your screen. These scams are super convincing because they will tell
you that you have a virus and that you need to call
Microsoft or Apple immediately to scan and fix your system. And when things are flashing in your face and sometimes a voice even speaks to you, it can be a little scary, but there’s two things you need to know. Neither Apple nor Microsoft care if you have a virus on your system, nor can they see what’s on your computer. Secondly, these scams never
pop up on reputable sites, so pay attention to where it happens. Were you on Facebook, or
were on like goatlovers.com looking up some freaky deaky stuff, you know what I’m saying? I don’t judge what you’re into, just be careful of them pop-ups baby. (goat impersonation) And #10 is the greeting card scam. This one is especially important to pay attention to right now because it’s that time of year where people send out a lot
of Christmas cards, et cetera. Over the years, e-cards
have become very popular. They’re a quick and convenient way to send meaningful messages
to your friends and family, and they’re nicer than a simple email. However, of course, scammers
figured out by sending an email saying that your mother or father have sent you a greeting card, they’re preying on the good feelings generated by the season, and hope that you’ll click the
link that they’ve sent you. Of course on the other end
is not a greeting at all, but instead a virus or malware which will not only infect your computer, but it will display inappropriate
messages and pop ups and sometimes it will actually send more of those virus-filled
cards on your behalf to the people in your address list. These viruses can also
cause your computer to send personal and financial information to the criminals controlling it. Your best bet is to either
just mail a real card or take the damn time to call yo momma. She misses you, baby. She likes to hear your voice. So those were the 10
most popular online scams that hopefully now will never fool you, but as always, thank
you guys for watching. Remember to subscribe to my channel because I release new videos Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. If you want to watch more, you can press or click either
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see you guys on Thursday. Bye!

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100 thoughts on “10 Online Scams You Might Get Fooled By!”

  • Nigerian scam don''t work like this. how can they take money from your account? the key here is that they ask for "'release founds fee"' or legal expenses via WU LOL

  • Syn The Magician says:

    I love messing with scammers, I usually act like a perverted old man and give them information to a paycard with 12 cents on it. So far, no scammer has lasted long enough to get that info. Also, "global cash card" pay cards are a scam, if your work place offers that, then checks are the way to go.

  • Alexander Doughty says:

    Remember there is a solution for computers infested with malicious software reinstall your operating system (always store back ups of important files, and have a restore disc ready)

  • Once i was browsing on my phone and it told me i had a virus and wouldnt let me on other websites, i restarted my phone and used my virus scanner which said i was safe, and i laughed at the failed scam

  • P.S. This days the scammers send sms on phone as if from" bank" mentioning something about wanting to deposit some amount of money to your account by clicking link below and also asking your personal information. It could mention any bank name weather or not you are costumer in real one or not. PLEASE, BE AWARE people!

  • I was scammed well so,embody tried to scam me when I was using google it said "congratulations you have been randomly selected to win $10000 just answer these quick questions" now I was only 10 at the time and obviously thought I was gonna get a lot of money so I ran to my mom and she said click off of google now so I did and the next day it popped up again this time saying "free blue Range Rover! Just answer these questions correctly" this time I knew it was a scam so I looked around my screen and there was an x so I clicked it and it said "are you sure?" I clicked yes and it said "you're missing out!" And this made me certain it was a scam and I again clicked yes then it said "come on don't go!" So I turned my device off completely and later when I went back on to google it was finally gone.

  • I hate pop ups you won 1000000$ yeah right play games win money&giftcards apps watch videos win giftcards & money all scams.

  • I'm not saying this is clickbait:
    Clickbaits are also internet scams. Just not something that steals your money. Just something that is annoying.

  • "Fake websites do not invest in this technology" Erm….it's not much of an investment. If they know what they're doing they can set up a fake website complete with SSL encryption for under $30. And that little lock you're talking about? There are companies that offer what you need for that free these days. Really the best advice is to not buy drugs online.

  • used to get these scam "you won" in the mail. i would send it back asking them to take my fees out of my winnings and send me the difference. still waiting for my "winnings". 😛

  • The biggest scam I've gotten myself into is the MatthewSantoro's scam where this lovable bald guy make you subscribe to his YouTube page and makes you watch hours of video he made. But who could resist to his smiling baldness?

  • The catfish that used to happen to me all the time on Facebook was were they would say that they are an American officer in the military working in Iraq (insert foreign country here) and they are a widow who has one child they love you they or the child is trapped abroad and needs medical attention but can’t afford it for some reason or they have illegally made lots of money where they are and need to put it in your bank to get it out of the country they really change their tune when you say no and will argue with you then they will disappear forever and then a few days later you will get another friend request with a similar story but different name and photo the funny thing is that their stories are so terrible and unbelievable that anybody believes them and I have never they actually make me laugh 😂

  • Max Giroux Productions says:

    In case of the fake virus scam on a windows PC, you can shut your browser down with the task manager. hit the ctrl+alt+Delete

    keys at the same and a simple menu should replace your desktop that contains the following options:

    Lock

    Switch user

    Sign out

    Change a password

    and Task Manager (click this one)

    Your desktop will reappear in the same state as before but a popup menu will load up showing all activities you are running.

    Click on the browser app and shut it down with the end task button on the bottom right-hand corner of the task manager menu.

    At this point you should scan your machine for any more malware.

  • Chara Undertale says:

    For anyone who plays / knows about Roblox, do any of you guys remember about the 2018 "Christmas Roblox gift card event" scam?
    Edit 1: Also, I go on scam games ( I enter a fake password AND have 2-step verification on ) just to see if they get banned as soon as I leave.
    Edit 2: Pls subscribe to ANYONE who posts a roblox related comment.

  • Ender Human Gaming says:

    ok, im a teen, and I get the lottery things sometimes, and I never did, or even plan to do the lottery!

  • Sonny Hoskins says:

    i have gotten my browser locked before BUT JOKES ON THE SCAMMERS THEY CANT TURN OFF MY TOUCH SCREEN HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH I CAN EXIT IT OUT AND BE FREEEEEE!

  • I had a scammer try to get me saying they was my cousin on Mom side. I said oh hey how is great grandma doing. They said she is good and asked about you I said really she's been dead since 1993

  • Minecraft dude 12 says:

    One time I got a message from YouTube that said I won $1,000 gift card to Amazon and I just clicked away because I was really nervous!!

  • Jennifer Coleman says:

    I scammed a scammer on fb. I had a money upload card. It had 49 CENTS on it..lol I tossed the card after because I never use it. Yep scammer only got 49 cents. Bet he was pissed

  • Corinna Carlson says:

    I got one of those apple account ones. It said something about a $100 gift card but I ignored it cuz I haven't used my apple account for a long time.

  • KeRon Morey Jr says:

    Some one tried to scam me by emailing me about to get free McDonald's stuff and said that it was from a club in McDonald's and I never was in a "club"

  • Rainbow Kitten lps! says:

    I had a scam were it said hey restart your Computer 💻 you have virus! But I have a phone 😂 how does that work

  • The Netflix scam happen to me I just messaged back " I have Hulu are you sure I have a Netflix account" then sent me the same thing as the Neflix one but just changed netflix to Hulu

  • Jennifer Dayanan says:

    I'd be in the 1% rich people by now. Lol. I toy with them really well. I don't know who are people screwing with me, but I find them to be entertaining and making me wonder how they see people. Perhaps, they admire me. They do come back with different techniques, such as resulting in sending DEA, IRS, FBI, or cops. I actually have very good fun with them when I drive longer than 30 minutes. Right now, they sent me text messages that whether I want pills for free. I asked them to send me for anti-libidos. Lol.

    These people on the phone get desperate asking me to consult for depression. Yeah, right if I get depress over deprived individuals on the phone. I'm afraid to live in their heads. Lol.

  • …. that happens to me all the time in Skyrim… some courier hunts me down with a paper about a long lost relative dying and leaving me money…. seems legit.

  • I fell for the apple one for information not cc info thank god. If they steal my identity they will super surprised when they get 'declined' declined declined' from cc companies. jokes on u dicks. I remember those computer virus ones but i'ts weird I haven't gotten those in ages since like the early 2000's. People still get them? I am surprised they finally got into apple too. I had a virus on my phone once it texted my boss

  • The catfish scam is still going around and some people ends up on Dr.Phil show trust me I've seen the episodes of it.

  • and don't forget the people who claim to be a "celebrity".. those crack me up. Especially since you KNOW they are scamming you because they start out by asking for your personal phone number.

  • Wakil Hamidi says:

    Those stupid scammers IM BROKE HAHA U WANNA TAKE MY MONEY WELL U CANT BECAUSE IM BROKE.Wait u want my credit card number Ok!

  • I was actually a former online scammer, but I quit years ago
    But I might return to being an online scammer again

    But hey, if you give me any money, I can quadruple it and return it to you in a month, I promise ☺️

  • Insanity Fan says:

    I Bought something online and when i got it it was not iven the thing i bought and now i am scared. What should i do. Pls help

  • Oli Bernstein says:

    The fake virus scams are my favorite. I call the "friendly" technicians to waste their time.
    Michael Smith from tech support called me a Benchod. His real name is probably Patel.

  • Maleah's Diary says:

    I CAN'T lie, I almost fell for the "Your PC has a virus scam". I called the number and would have paid the $200 if I had it. The person on the other end sounded American so that made me more trusting. Thank you Poverty for saving my life 😇 (Please don't click on my face. I'm a germaphobe.)

  • Yeah, I've had the Virus infection pop up… not only is the computerized voice annoying, but they also have this… this.. horrid beeping sound… The way I get out of it is to simply close out all windows.. and if that doesn't work, I shut down the computer.

  • “I don’t judge what you’re into.”
    At least someone cares about our feelings! Thank you Matthew, I had no idea I needed to hear this until now!

  • My daughter fell for the catfish scam and fell HARD! The "girl" she fell for was a military service member. "She" said that she wanted to visit my daughter in her next visit home. But the catch was, she wouldn't have the $$$ to access until a week later. Could my daughter go buy some gift cards, blah blah… had her sister not heard about this and looked up the picture and also the girl's name, my daughter would have been out of thousands of dollars. These people are HEARTLESS!

  • Roseheart Toxic says:

    With the long lost relative scam it can be easily be avoided if people check with their state or country man's unclaimed funds bureau

  • Hmmm, the thing with emails that have a lot of mistakes does not always mean they are fake. I know a legit company who sends emails littered with spelling and grammar mistakes (mainly bad translation from the original English version). But they are actually real, official emails from a real official company…

  • Just see the contact email if it is gmail, 100% it's a scam. Legitimate companies don't use Gmail to send mail

  • The online pharmacies also sell strong narcotics that end up being fake to addicts for insane amounts of money. It’s crazy and dangerous. There was a news article about it years back.

  • Christina Valle says:

    I had the IRS call me I gave fake name fake last 4# of social security card and he told me they was on the way but when I told him my husband handles all my money then they hung up on me lol

  • Kalman Linietsky says:

    A weird version of #2 is where instead of "a virus" it's "we're the FBI. We detected you were watching Child Porn. Pay us a fine or you won't be able to use the computer." It's mind-boggling that they even go to that effort. Just make a lock to pay, because who would fall for that? Yeah, the sites can be dodgy but not that dodgy (illegal streaming sites, not CP), so it would be weird to "hit" a guilty person, so you know your innocent, you know the FBI would just arrest you, so why bother with the pretense? Luckily, the one I got was weak, cntrl+alt+delete took care of it.

  • Rocio Samaniego says:

    Number 8 happened to me, a guy contacted me in fb and after 2 days he started sending me love messages, I though it was weird, so I looked his profile and I found something in one of his pics, I googled it and I found the real pic, it turned out to be a successful writer, married with kids, so I wrote back saying that he was a scammer and of course he blocked me, but before that I warned our mutual contacts on fb.

  • Facebook scammers really make me laugh . Just for the fact they make it . Obvious that they are trying to get caught

  • Brandi Silvers says:

    I never answer emails unless its Netflix and Hulu telling me what's new this week. And I keep a virus protection plan on my computer and never open anything that might contain a virus

  • The big scams i hate is thos pop ups on phones in the middle of a site (legit site!). 2nd one are thos surveys on back of walmart kroger and other reciepts and end up w viruses or spam in the emails. Bullhockey

  • My personal favorite is the FBI pop up claiming I've viewed child porn and have to pay a fine to unlock my computer and avoid charges. Because…. that's exactly what happens to people who view child porn, you pay a fine and everything is fine. It's not like its punishable by 15 -20 years in prison for your first offense or anything.

  • There is also an Email scam floating around that says if you don't click the link they provide in 5 days your Google account will be closed/deleted. It's been 6 months since I've gotten one my account is fine. They even sent one to my Yahoo account.😄

  • There are also IRS and CRA scams. Scammers with indian accents send a "missed call to the victim. The victim call back and the scammer clain the vic owe alot of money in back taxes. Youtube are filled with videos of scambaiters wasting scammers time. When the scammers are confronted, the viewer can learn new indian curse words. The scammers a really cold and heartless.

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