Hey someone is saying nasty rumors about you … Twitter DM Phishing Scam

About twice a week I recieve a  Direct Messag (DM) from someone on twitter saying that there are bad rumours spreading about me.

It is very tempting  to click on the link offered to see what it is.    If you do click on the link , you may  have your Twitter account hijacked,  all of your Twitter followers will be sent a personal copy of the same DM saying that someone is spreading lies about them.

Then they’ll click the link and have their credentials stolen, spam will begin flowing from their accounts and their followers will receive the same message, resulting in a never-ending cycle of Twitter account hijacking.

This scam has been around for some time now, it just keeps going around and around , occasionally the message will change, however the problem stays the same.  \

Here are some of the  possible messages you may receive – This list may not be comprehensive.
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Email phishing scam – Keeping Track Of Your Usage.

I seem to be getting these types of emails all the time these days I usually have no trouble spotting  the message as being  fraudulent, however others do not have the benefit of 19 years using the Internet, 17 of which have been looking after email for others.  I am getting more and more calls from people who are getting confused and sometimes taken in by these types of scams. Sometimes with disasterous results.

Protect yourself –
Do not click on links from people  you do not know.
Organisations like banks , universities , government agencies and large companies will never ask you to upgrade in this manner.
If you are in doubt do a Google search for the subject line of the message.
Anti virus software may or may not protect you from online viruses but it will not protect you from yourself.
Before you ask, I don’t know why I only know that it is getting worse out there in Internet land and you need to be careful. [Continue Reading]