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Friday, November 18, 2011

Avoid youYube.com phishing scam!

Being a computer literate person, I usually manage well to avoid phishing and other scams that take place on the Internet every day. This is the first time I got caught up in one such scam. It happened around 11:45 PM (Friday Night). I had just arrived home tired and was about to eat dinner and wanted to see a video on youtube while having dinner. I mistyped youtube.com as youyube.com and I was taken to another site which said I had won an iPad and asked me to confirm my phone number. The site had a youtube look-alike logo and I thought it was a genuine site. I entered my number and immediately got an SMS that I will be charged $9.99 every month. I immediately knew that I had made a mistake. I searched Internet and found more stories about this youyube.com scam.  I think this needs to be advertised so that people should know about it. I read comments from people who had complained about this scam and surprisingly most people did not know what to do next and how to stop being charged by these thieves. Well, I am on AT&T. I immediately called them and they unsubscribed me from this service and refunded the money that the thieves had charged. Luckily I was charged just $40. I read one post where the user had claimed that he had been charged $100. The only problem is that AT&T told me that I will have to keep an eye from now on on my bills because they can re-subscribe me without informing me and in that way they will keep stealing the money. I wish there was a way to stop this automatically but I am happy at least I got the money back. AT&T have created a special page that we can check periodically for unauthorized mobile transactions that take place on our account. We can get refunds on that site. If you didn't know this, now you are in the know. Some online comments also verified that verizon also refunded users who got caught up in this scam. So, conclusion is, DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER. THEY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THESE SCAMS BUT THEY WON'T BLOCK IT UNTIL YOU CALL THEM. So call them now and they will refund your money.  Hope this post will help someone in avoiding this BS!!!

1 comment:

  1. Also be careful dont type youtub.com because that URL also will take you to the phishing site.