Sunday, January 29, 2012

T-242 : Twitter Twouble



Here's a little tip for any of you that may have noticed your Twitter friends telling you about how much money they're recently been making based on a CNBC article.  In short, don't fall for it.  Read on if you want to know more, including how to help.

Twitter has recently been the vector for a flood of work-from-home scam spams, as followers of hacked accounts found dozens of copies of the “I snagged $217 in just a few hours online. learned how to do it from {link to scam}” type of spam coming at them via direct message. The link goes to a faked NBC article that touts “How did this stay at home mom make $13900+/Month.. We Investigate..” and that cleverly makes note of the geographic location (geolocation) of your IP address and customizes the article to make it seem as if the single mom is from your own town.

So what should you do if you start getting message like this?

Well, first and foremost, don’t fall for them.

Then, if you know the person through whose Twitter account they are being sent, let that person know (through a channel other than Twitter).

If you don’t know them well enough to otherwise contact them, go ahead and hit the “Report spam” link on their Twitter home page.
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