Beware the Twitter Direct Message Scam

by PaperbackWriter

Direct Message on Twitter Scam

While using Social Media to promote and market your handmade crafts is one of the main tactics I suggest in How To Sell Your Crafts Online, using Social Media does carry a few pitfalls.

Phishing

One, which you should always be mindful of, is Phishing.

Phishing (which is pronounced like fishing) is where someone tries to get you to click on what looks like a perfectly innocuos website and type in your private log-in information.

If your email inbox is anything like mine, you may receive hundreds of these types of messages each week. Thankfully I use Gmail (Google Mail) which does a thoroughly good job of weeding out these scams.

You probably know the types of emails by now. Very often, an incredibly rich person in an exotic location has decided to leave you a fortune and will transfer it to you immediately in exchange for your bank details.

While its tempting to roll your eyes and put it out of mind, its worth considering that these types of scams have been going on for years and sadly, every now and then, they achieve their aim and fleece some poor soul. The fact that these emails are still in circulation tells you that there must be a success rate, no matter how slim.

But email is not the only platform for these scams.

They also appear on Social Media sites.

One Phishing scam which has been doing the rounds this year and seems to be having a resurgence, is a Direct Message received on Twitter.

Twitter Scam

I recently received the one shown in the image above. I have blurred out the details of the sender because they themselves were the victim of this scam. Once you click on the link to see just what the rumor being spread about you is, you’re taken to a website which looks exactly like Twitter where your required to log-in.

But its not Twitter.

If you enter your log-in details, the Phishers now have them. And then all of your Followers will receive the same Spam.

If this has happened to you, change your password immediately. And if your using the same password on other sites (which I don’t recommend), change these too.

If you’re concerned that your Twitter has been comprimised then Twitter have set up a Special Guide which will take you through a list of solutions.

My rule of thumb is if in doubt, don’t click. Message the person who has contacted you, whether its on Twitter or Facebook and double-check that they have sent you a link and its genuine.

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