We see phishing scams all of the time on social networks – there have been phishing scams on Twitter, Hotmail, Facebook, and many more. The object of the hackers game is to fool you into giving them your personal information, such as username, password, and even worse credit card details. These scams might come via Email as we have seen on Yahoo or on instant messages, private messages on various networks, its not hard for them to get control of your account.
Twitter DM Phishing Scams – Have I been hacked
What are these Phishing Scams on Twitter
Direct Messages on Twitter with the subject line as
- lol u didn’t see them tapping u
- your in this
- Hey this person is writing cruel things about you
- wow your busted in this video
- fb is offering freee apple ipadds 2
- Hey this user is writing cruel things about you
- OMG your in this
- and more…….
The first thing we notice is, that most of the time, the grammar or the spelling is incorrect – Some lately are coming through with a link that looks like it comes from Facebook – so this is fooling even more people than before – I am seeing these posts almost every day.
What happens when you click on a scam link
Normally what happens is that you appear to be logged out of Twitter and made to log in again – and HEY Presto – the scammers have your details and password – and start sending out DM’s – they are quite clever only doing one every couple of days so it takes a while for you to notice or for someone to complain.
Have I been hacked
You have only been hacked as you call it, because you clicked a link like this.
If you have clicked on a link like this, then you need to change your password and just check in your auth to make sure that you haven’t authorised something that shouldn’t be authorised.
How to stop getting Phished by a hacker
Don’t click links that are dmed to you unless you have spoken to the person and they have said they are going to send you a link – there is no reason for anyone to DM links, twitter is about keeping it out in the open. Especially annoying is those auto DM’s but that’s another story. I just delete all DM’s that I wasn’t expecting to receive, this will hopefully protect me from these scams, but they are getting clever with the Facebook links – whats next!?
Hope this helps