On the day of the company’s keynote, a scammer posted an old interview with CEO Tim Cook on YouTube to direct users to a cryptocurrency scam site.
September 7 was a big day for Apple, which unveiled its new generation of smartphones, smartwatches and wireless headphones. A scammer took advantage of the big event to trick users on YouTube, as revealed edge. According to the outlet, he used an old CNN interview with CEO Tim Cook that he promoted to lure users to a cryptocurrency scam site. About 70,000 users have watched this video.
There were several signs that this live stream was a scam, starting with a strange headline: “Apple Event Live. Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple and the Metaverse in 2022”. The scammer embedded Bitcoin and Ethereum logos into the video feed and overlaid the CNN Money logo with the text “Apple Crypto Event 2022.” The video also includes an “urgent news” statement below. Additionally, when a user clicked on the channel’s page, which claimed to be “Apple Live,” the URL had no connection to the tech giant. The channel link was actually filled with strange messages that referred to an ugly crypto site.
A popular technique in social networks
From journalist Dr edge Said he saw this fake live stream because it was listed in his recommendations on the YouTube homepage This is because he watched videos related to American Giants during the day. After the publication of the article, YouTube removed the fake stream on the grounds that it violated the platform’s terms of service
The journalist also explained that he found another channel claiming to be “Apple Inc” and broadcasting an event about the company and the Metaverse with Tesla CEO Tim Cook and Elon Musk. In reality, it was an interview with Elon Musk and former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey around Bitcoin. Watched by more than 10,000 users and linked to an ugly cryptocurrency site, the video has since been removed.
YouTube is not the only social network used by scammers to scam people. These scams are also present on Twitter, with their perpetrators posing as NFT projects or collections, as well as journalists. This strategy is also proving successful, allowing crooks to steal thousands or even millions of dollars.