Twitter Scam Alert Update
– by Timothy Caron
As you have heard from our previous post, we mentioned that Twitter Scams are Rampant (Ooops not Rampart, thanks Gail), and we’d like to point out that we have provided a few of many scams that you’ll find floating around on Twitter.
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
As reported by PCWorld
Security Alert: Twitter Porn Names Scam
The “Twitter porn names” game, currently Twitter’s top-trending topic (things that are twittered the most), may be a fun distraction that gives you and your friends something to tweet about. But it also has a security hole — one that is no technical snafu. It could be simple human error, but it’s also possible that this security hole is an example of truly sneaky social engineering.
As reported by Twittercism.com
Who’s Behind It: Gary McCaffrey
The Blurb: “Imagine you got 1 twitter follower today, and that number doubled every day for 1 month, how many followers do you think you would have? The correct answer is: Over 10 million followers!”
TweeterGetter is, I think, the granddaddy of all of these systems, which means that it’s also largely responsible for the rest. You’ve inevitably seen tweets like this pop up in your timeline:
Shéa Bennett the founder of Twittercism has a huge list of scammers on his blog, and he put’s quite a twist on the word scammmer, and it’s not always the money.
Some of the more obvious scams like earning money fast while gaining more followers, in my opinion are simply bogus. Below are some tips you can take to prepare and protect yourself from these sneeky little creeps.
The first step is to educate yourself. Here are some Twitter scams to watch out for:
- Phishing attacks: According to Twitter, recent phishing attacks looked like a direct message (DM) or email notice of a DM instructing someone to click on what appears to be a link back to the service. But, in reality the link went to a phishing site that asked for personal information like an account password. Phishers used the divulged passwords to take over people’s accounts.
- Spam: Scams hawking get-rich quick schemes, multi-level marketing opportunities and other questionable businesses that flood email inboxes and blogs are all over Twitter. One of the latest: a phony Twitter account that tricks people into a Google scam by promising them the chance to win a new car.
We will continue to search out other scams. If you know of one please let us know, or even if you think it is, bring it to our attention and we’ll check it out for you. The gang here at Twitterwatchdog wants to help you in anyway we can, to have a safe experience on Twitter.
Until next time, be on guard with the Twitterwatchdog.
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