We have a number of scam stories regarding Facebook and we feel it is essential to discuss on a common Twitter scam this time.
If you are a Twitter user, you may occasionally receive direct messages from the user whom you are following.
Below are some real-life examples of direct message spam (scam in disguise).
Hi somebody is saying really bad things about you... http://alturl.com/*vytkn
Hi some person is making nasty things about you... http://tinyurl.com/*btzxskg
Hey some person is making terrible rumors about you... http://sn.im/*230ml0t
ROFL...I'm laughing so hard at this pic of me my friend uploaded http://tinyurl.com/*7uhuvcr
Fastest way to lose weight while removing toxins & boost energy levels http://tinyurl.com/*d5up9tb
lol...OMG I'm laughing so hard at this picture of me someone uploaded http://tinyurl.com/*c4t7xbr
Asterisks "*" are inserted into the URLs by us on purpose.
These messages are automatically generated and posted to you by infected accounts. The main intention is to arouse your curiosity so that you will visit the URL included at the end of it.
If you study the top few examples properly, you can see similarities in them. They can be just a few sets of similar words, which are spin randomly before sending to you. This is because the infected account may be spamming all its followers again within the next few days, and the scammer wants to make the messages look different.
We apologize that our team is not brave enough to click on the URLs to test them. There are some scenarios that are likely to happen if you were to click on the URL:
- Your computer will be infected by malware or spyware immediately if you do not have an anti-virus software installed.
- Your Twitter account will be automatically infected by the same virus and it will be sending similar spam direct message to your Twitter followers.
- The webpage ends up to look like Twitter's login page (phishing scam) and requires you to key in your username and password, and then your Twitter account will be sending similar spam direct message to your Twitter followers because the scammer has obtained your login details.
- The webpage will prompt you to authorize certain app to your Twitter account, and then your Twitter account will be sending similar spam direct message to your Twitter followers.
It is pretty clear that you should just ignore all suspicious direct messages that contain URL, especially when the URL is shortened and you do not know the exact URL. Be safe than to be sorry!