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A Tik Tok spokeswoman said the Byte Dance-owned company has pulled down all the accounts mentioned in the report and relies on a mix of technology and user reports to quickly identify accounts that violate its rules against defrauding or misleading users on the platform."Tik Tok has strict policies safeguarding users against fake, fraudulent or misleading content," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
"We flag and remove most spam accounts before they can reach users' feeds, and we continuously improve our protections, even as malicious actors work to evade our safeguards."Tik Tok declined to say how many fake accounts are on the platform or how prevalent the scams outlined in the report are.
In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users’ computers.
Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called “dark web” sites.
One victim told the station he'd already been hit with virus-laden emails.
In one type of scam, users stole videos from Snapchat and Instagram of women in bikinis, dancing or working out.
They then directed viewers to a Snapchat account that it said contained nude photos.
Cybersecurity company Tenable released a 50-page report on Wednesday that outlined three types of scams it found on Tik Tok that involved directing users to adult dating sites, impersonating popular users and boosting likes and followers."Given Tik Tok's meteoric rise in popularity, it comes as no surprise that scammers would take notice," Tenable researcher Satnam Narang said in the report.
"So far, these scams appear to be in their infancy."In March, Narang started tracking scammers on Tik Tok, which surpassed this year.