Twitter Scam Alert Update

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

Aurora stated:

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

TweeterGetter

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.

Twitter Scams

The first step is to educate yourself. Here are some Twitter scams to watch out for:

  • Worms: According to Twitter and security industry officials, the Mikeyy worm used a common Website programming language called JavaScript to infiltrate and take over Twitter accounts. Other worms use known vulnerabilities in JavaScript to spread malware on PCs.
  • 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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6 Responses to “Twitter Scam Alert Update”

  • avatar Alex says:

    I want to thank you for this post, I have something I am trying to look into but not sure if it is legit or not. I believe its called the MLMLeadsystem Pro and so I hear great things, but is that the truth? Hopefully you guys can help me out with this question and give me some feedback thanks.

  • Dear Alex,

    Timothy here, I have not as of yet found any negative comments about MLMLeadSystemPro, but with any company that you want to get involved in, I would continue to do your due diligence. It’s a never ending “Buyer Beware” syndrome on the internet as well as in the real world brick and mortar businesses.

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    Until next time, be on guard with Twitterwatchdog.com

  • avatar michael says:

    great work on TWITTER SCAMS those folks out there are always looking for ways to seperate you from your money!

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Thanks Michael~

    lol, good way of putting it. “seperate you from your money”

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • avatar Susan Martin says:

    I reported a couple days ago on a few scams on Twitter which are focused on suckering IKEA customers by offering ‘free’ IKEA gift cards.The same scammers/spammers are perpetrating similar scams with grocery gift cards, ipod gift cards and more, but my focus is the IKEA community. 😉

    I’m proud to say that as of this morning, the spamming from MyRewardsVault seems to have stopped, and several more accounts from BrandGiveawayCentre have been suspended, though like a virus 4 new ones have popped up in their place. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/GTKzT

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