The ‘YouTube Reward Center’ Pop-Ups are part of a fraudulent scheme, which aims to trick users into thinking that they have won a brand-new smartphone or another device thanks to a YouTube rewards program. The pop-ups might seem believable since they are branded with the YouTube logo, and also contain a small survey, which asks the user several harmless questions such as their phone’s model, manufacturer, etc. However, when the survey is almost complete, and the visitors are supposed to collect their prize, the pop-ups might ask them to enter their phone number or call a phone line to confirm their identity. Sometimes, the user also might be asked to send a text message to a specific number, and the pop-up might state that the message will not be charged extra.
Random browser pop-ups telling visitors that they’ve won a great prize are one of the oldest online tactics so that you should be very careful when you encounter a message of this sort. The good news is that the ‘YouTube Reward Center’ Pop-Ups are not associated with threats usually, but it is still a good idea to be extra sure and run a credible PC security scanner, which can guarantee that there isn’t anything wrong with your computer.
The people behind the ‘YouTube Reward Center’ Pop-Ups might aim to collect information about the visitors (including the phone number) that will later be used for marketing purposes. However, it also is possible that they might use the fake text-message scheme to make a profit by tricking users into sending text messages that are worth several dollars. Whenever you encounter pop-ups like these, you should simply close them and disregard the information they provide.