- The scams have flooded YouTube throughout the last several months
- They purport to offer access to paid content but fail to deliver
- Some of the video scams were even promoted on the platform for money
- They try to seize on increased popularity of OnlyFans
Scam videos purporting to offer viewers free access to content on OnlyFans have flooded YouTube according to an investigation from Motherboard.
The videos, which Motherboard says go on for ‘pages and pages’ offer viewers alleged methods on ‘unlocking’ or ‘hacking’ premium OnlyFans which are usually only accessible via paid subscriptions.
OnlyFans has become a popular platform for adult performers who sell subscription-based content directly to their followers.
Motherboard reports that dozens of videos appeared in a search for ‘free’ and ‘OnlyFans’ and several of them had been uploaded in the last 24 hours alone.
While the videos never actually fulfill their promise of delivering free OnlyFans content they do attempt to convince viewers to download apps that are unrelated to the purported ‘hacks.’
Instead users are instructed to open the apps and then interact with them, presumably in an effort to bolster their standing in an app store.
Some of the scam videos on YouTube have snuck under YouTube’s radar which explicitly prohibits ‘promising money, products, software, or gaming perks for free if viewers install software, download an app, or perform other tasks,’ according to Motherboard.
One video spotted by Motherboard was a paid promotion that had more than 1 million views. YouTube removed the video after Motherboard inquired.
The scams come as OnlyFans has risen in popularity over the last three months, driven mainly by people turning to the platform for extra income.
The influx of scam videos also proceed a massive leak of content from the platform in which content on premium accounts was compromised.
It’s unclear how many users were affected, but the directory is estimated to be between 1.5 and four terabytes, though the exact size has fluctuated substantially as new files are added and older ones deleted or moved.