Bad Things About You Tweet Scam
Posted by Mike
Hello somebody is posting very bad things about you
“Hello somebody is posting very bad things about you…” is an opening line to an ongoing Twitter scam. In each instance the tweet includes a link – using a URL shortener so you have no idea where you will end up. The one thing all these tweets have in common is the link directs you to a webpage with malware. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK.
These tweets are often found in direct messages sent from someone you may or may not be following.
Another thing common to many of these (NOT ALL) is that the destination page is often a Twitter look-a-like. Or the URL way be similar to twitter.comm with extra letters e.g. twittler…
Fraudulent Pages and Infections
Some of the destinations pages are listed as being “Web Frauds”, others contain Trojans or viruses intended to hack your computer and steal your personal information. In some cases the websites hosting the malicious code may themselves have been hacked are not aware of the problem. In other instances sites are operated by the cyber criminals.
Other versions of this scam aims to steal your Twitter account information (these are the Twitter Lookalike sites) by asking you to log into your twitter account, with a very genuine looking login box
Twitter Accounts Stolen, Spoofed or Hacked
The person supposedly sending the direct message or tweet may not even know their account is being used to send out these malicious messages.
Beware of Shortened URLs
The scammers use a URL shortening service to mask the real destination of the link.
“…often use a URL shortening service like to hide their malicious links in something that looks more benign. If you’re able to preview the links, do so, and make sure you’re only clicking through to domains that you trust” – Social Plus One (socialplusone.wordpress.com)
Personally, I would like to see Twitter and Facebook ban the use of URL shorteners. I don’t use them if at all possible (which is not always). They could instead use a shortened form with the full URL seen when hovering over the link. Much safer for recipients of tweets. But sadly for now shorteners are common – even WordPress.com uses them for posting to Twitter – and just add to the problem.
Other tweets of a similar nature
- Making really bad rumors about you
- You seen what this person is saying…
- Saying something terrible about you…
- Real nasty things are being said about you…
- I saw a real bad blog about you…
- Someone is posting nasty Twitter updates…
- Somebody is saying really bad things about you
If you see any tweet similar to those shown here, or receive a notification in your e-mail about this type of tweet, delete it and do not visit the link. The sample offered are only a few possible ways the scammers will entice you by claiming someone is posting bad thing about you.