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Southwest Florida Online News: Scam Alert

LABELLE, FL. — A new scam appears to have emerged using YouTube channel comments to tell viewers who have commented that they have won a valuable prize.

We discovered this scam when we received an email notification today that a response had been made to a comment we made on a YouTube video several months ago.

This appeared to be a reply from the channel owner, but upon closer examination, the account sending the reply message was “TEXT ME ON TELEGRAM @Pilot_Institute” using the channel’s real official logo, which looked like a reply real chain. But, clicking on the “Text Me On Telegram” reply forwarded to a recently opened fake channel with no content.

The scam tricks people into going to the Telegram app and leaving their name, address and phone number with an apparent fake Telegram account again using the logo of the real channel, where they attempt to collect money. money from you for the “shipping cost”.

The real Pilot Institute YouTube video where we found these fake feedback responses is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ydRf3e5iM. At least today, until YouTube shuts down the fake TEXT ME ON TELEGRAM account, you can see the fake replies to all the comments literally alleging that everyone who posted a comment won a drone.

It is important to point out that the Pilot Institute YouTube channel is legit and is a victim of the scam as well as the people who posted comments on their channel are also victims. The scammer is the fake account that responds to commenters.

Tip: Be very careful when you receive messages indicating that you have won something when you have not entered a contest. A tip is often a misspelling or unusual phrases or links to click on to get your “prize” in a fraudulent “prize” notification