Victor Ugochukwu · Oct 26, 2020 . 5min read
Scammers set up Fake YouTube channel of Uniswap founder, viewers falling for it
Scammers have tried coning viewers with another crypto scam through a YouTube channel representing Uniswap founder, Hayden Adams.
By Victor Ugochukwu · Sep 21, 2020 . 5min read
Scammers have set up a fake YouTube channel posing as Hayden Adams, Uniswap founder with videos. The criminals in this case cut and edit pieces of videos of him encouraging viewers to send him crypto. As well the links advertised are also trying to phish the viewers.
Hayden complained in one of his short tweet threads posting:
What the f*ck Scammers are running a fake youtube live of me using video clips from Epicenter and other talks to try and phish people into sending them crypto and it has 125,000 viewers….
Registering his displeasure, Hayden went on to comment on his observation on phishing scams that plagues crypto. In the thread, he said,
Something I’ve observed is that the most harmful (and difficult to take down) phishing scams I’ve seen so far have all been run by @Google
took months before they stopped running google adds for fake Uniswap phishing sites and now this
Interestingly, the scammers appear to have taken down the video and Google is not even intervening.
Apparently, this is not the first time notable crypto personalities and OGs have had to complain about this. Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, has at a point filed a class-action lawsuit against Google. Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, was also part of those who sued Google. He sued the latter for not being proactive in taking down scam YouTube channels.
Crypto scams are rife, YouTube scammers faking videos of Uniswap founder is just one of the many out there.
Earlier in July, we reported on crypto scams and the fact that they have siphoned over $381 million since the start of the year. It has been a growing trend, and with scammers setting and operating a fake YouTube channel posting Uniswap founder, videos add to the list. There is no report if the scammers succeeded in scamming anyone at this case. As a practice, many of them inflate their view counts on YouTube using bots just to trick people into believing they are legit.
As a rule of thumb, crypto enthusiasts or anyone should always check links before clicking. Also, most notable crypto personalities generally do not engage in giveaways. Hence, when you see one, be sceptical of it at first and try to confirm doubly.
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