Over the last two days, I’ve been receiving many Twitter DMs that really pique your interest. After all, if someone says, “Someone said this real bad thing about you in a blog”, wouldn’t you want to see what it is all about?
But, when 20 people say the same thing, you start to smell a dead rat… one that has decomposed for 2 months!
To fuel my research (and quench for knowledge), I clicked on it from a secure environment and it led me to a site that seemingly looked like Twitter, smelt like Twitter, but evidently WAS NOT TWITTER! It was trying to get me to login before I could see the “bad thing said about me”. Looking at the address bar, as I am trained to, revealed it was not Twitter by a long shot.
Anyone who logs in, will now have transmitted their details to these “hackers” who can now gain control over your account.
Within a day, I was getting more private direct messages on Twitter with ads such as, “I lost a bunch of weight, this stuff works! look at news article. [link]” and “Lose weight, guaranteed with Ultra HCG [link] i lost 26 lbs!”
These links lead to typical spammy sites like this.
Do be very careful when receiving messages from friends and always, ALWAYS, check the address bar.
If you are already “infected” and have revealed your login details to the “phishermen”, the best thing for you to do now is to change your password.
Follow the steps below to change your Twitter password.