Instructional videos for access to “OnlyFans Premium” content spread on YouTube.
There are pages and pages of fraudulent videos on YouTube that offer free access to OnlyFans content if you take a few steps to “unlock” or “hack” so-called “premium” accounts.
Most of these videos were posted on YouTube about three months ago when OnlyFans started marketing themselves to make money in unprecedented unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A month ago, a “leak” of stolen content from OnlyFans shook the sex worker community when a database of videos that previously held paid subscription accounts went viral online.
These videos, instructing users to download and interact with the app for a period of time to access OnlyFans that never happen, follow a playbook that targets everything that is popular online right now. For a while, Fortnite_ themed scams have been popular on YouTube to get free game currency using the same method. Now that OnlyFans has gained popularity as people flocked to the income and entertainment platform during the pandemic, it’s the new scam _du jour, and YouTube is full of videos that claim viewers can subscribe in just a few easy steps -OnlyFans content can be accessed.
Motherboard saw one of these videos on our YouTube homepage as paid advertising. This means that the video creator paid YouTube to increase its reach on the platform. The title of the video was “Learn How To Get OnlyFan’s Premium Account” and the thumbnail showed it as a “Fans Only Hack”. YouTube removed the video, which was viewed over a million times at the time after we asked the company for a comment, and referred to the platform’s fraudulent content policies that prohibit free posting of videos that “money, products, Software or game benefits promise if viewers do it for free. ” Install software, download an app, or perform other tasks. ”
Motherboard was still able to find dozens of similar scam videos on YouTube. Using the search term “OnlyFans Hack” only seven have been uploaded in the last 24 hours alone, but they appear under different variations of “free”, “hacked” and “2020” with different videos of the same scam.
The scam usually involves asking viewers to go to a specific URL for “injection” (it is not clear what that means) or starting the process by going to a page instructed to do so, several random ones Download apps or “offers” that have nothing to do with OnlyFans. You will then be asked to open the apps and tap on them. From there, the scam videos usually jump to the end and show the host on an OnlyFans account page, where only subscriber content is activated. If this step appears at all, the video will be cut so you can’t see how they got there.
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None of these offer OnlyFans content for free. OnlyFan’s “Premium” doesn’t even exist, but it seems to be a term used by YouTubers to refer to subscription content for individual models. The scams are likely to encourage app downloading. The motherboard tested the steps in one of the scam videos and confirmed that we actually did not receive free OnlyFans content or “hacked” OnlyFans.
The popularity of these videos shows how mainstream OnlyFans has become in the past few months and how many users will continue to make great efforts to avoid paying sex workers for their work despite growing demand.