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June 7, 2012

Twitter Direct Message Scam Spam

Twitter Direct Message Scam Spam


I just finished up reading my new email as I usually do every morning during my first cup of coffee and got an email from Twitter informing me that I got a direct message from my teenage daughter.   Problem is, she hasn't used her twitter account in over 18 months.   The message was not sent by my daughter, therefore, her account is infected or has been compromised and hacked by a scammer spammer.


The message reads;
rofl...i am laughing so hard at this picture of you someone posted tinyurl.com/d6jouqo
Caution: DO NOT VISIT THE URL.

 Fortunately I am a security conscious and computer/internet tech guru, therefore am aware of such scams and spam, etc and did not click the url redirect link.  These direct messages sent by scammers are automatically generated and posted to you by infected and compromised accounts. Their purpose is to arouse your curiosity so that you will click the link.

This is what happens when people click the links sent by scammer spammers:
  1. Your computer will be infected by malware or spyware immediately if you do not have an anti-virus software installed.
  2. Your Twitter account will be automatically infected by the same virus and it will be sending similar spam direct message to your Twitter followers.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The webpage will automatically install malicious software on your PC, often claiming to be an antivirus or malware removal program and it gains complete control of your PC and browser.
These are just some examples of the various scams set up by the Twitter direct message scammer spammers.  Below are some examples of common Twitter direct message scam spams sent by these scammer spammers. DO NOT VISIT THE URLS!!!

  • Hi somebody is saying really bad things about you... alturl.com/vytkn
  • Hi some person is making nasty things about you...tinyurl.com/btzxskg
  • Hey some person is making terrible rumors about you...sn.im/230ml0t
  • ROFL...I'm laughing so hard at this pic of me my friend uploaded tinyurl.com/7uhuvcr
  • Fastest way to lose weight while removing toxins & boost energy levels tinyurl.com/d5up9tb
  • lol...OMG I'm laughing so hard at this picture of you someone uploaded tinyurl.com/c4t7xbr
If you discover that your Twitter account is sending out such messages, your Twitter account is infected and you MUST change your password and I recommend that you review any Twitter apps that you authorized access so you can remove any malicious apps.