Having a video clip go viral can be advantageous to any video producer, including to scammers.
To try to make this happen you can employ people to market your video and hopefully get lots and lots of people to view it.
That can be done in an open honest way – telling people what it’s about so they can make an informed choice on whether to watch it or not.
Or can be done dishonestly.
The radio station, along with many other businesses get numerous emails offering to pay if we include other people’s video clips (usually YouTube clips) on our website.
“I need someone to market these videos to reach a lot of views and engagement”.
“Our budget is $1000”.
That may sound reasonable but the whole thing is just a scam.
The message sender doesn’t want to pay for anything – just to get you and millions of others to view their videos as they get paid each time someone does watch.
The emails usually contain a list of videos and the exhortation that you should watch them to see which best fit your website.
Do not view whatever they are – it’s a simple trick.
Anyone who genuinely wanted to pay you for showing their videos would know who they are talking to, not sending emails to ‘undisclosed recipients’ and would have checked if your website already contain 3rd party videos and would describe the videos.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.