Twitter Private Messages

Twitter Private Messages: What Scammers Want

Twitter has 330 million active users every month, opportunity for scammers to also come in the game and take advantage of a plethora of naive people. In a similar way they operate on Instagram or Facebook, criminals approach victims who accepted their friendship and pretend to offer some sort of help.

This most recent scam takes advantage of one of our greatest vulnerabilities: the fear of being publicly humiliated.

This scam involves receiving a private message to your Twitter account. The body of the message will usually contain one of the following messages:

Did you see your pics with her?

Is it you in this picture?

Suspiciuos activity on your account

ROLF they were taping you

How did you not see them taping u

What are you doing in this fb vid?

What on earth are you doing in this movie?

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Once the victim clicks on the link, which appears to go to a legitimate Facebook page, they are greeted with a video player and a message indicating an update to YouTube needs to be done before the video can be viewed.

Once the download begins, the victim won’t be receiving an updated version of Flash; they will be getting a virus instead.

Twitter Private Messages: How To Avoid

The first and most logical step is to block the sender from your Twitter account and then send Twitter a report about receiving malware or other spam.

If your account is being used to send these messages to others, your account has been hacked and you need to take immediate measures to reset your password and revoke connections to third-party applications.

Twitter also has some great information to avoid phishing scams as well as tips to help prevent your account from falling prey to a hacker on their Safe Tweeting page. Twitter is a fun way to stay connected; just be aware of suspicious messages and you can tweet happily and safely.

 

Unsolicited Private Messages Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media. You can also officially report the questionable profiles to Twitter using the link below:


Report To Twitter Here


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Rune

This has happened to me twice on my twitter account. It seams like it is caused by third party apps are sending messages on behalf of me. I have now changed pwd and removed all third party apps.

Thomas

@stopscammerscom is this scam ? vivian_apia@hotmail.com sends direct message? She has past records

Matthew Kanning

Name: George Alabi..Country: Nigeria, State: Lagos, City: Ikorodu, Zipcode :23401……that’s the info again

She or fuck a 93 old man need money so they took 45. But went on twitter tell them and hell no. They did not listen so i might need delete it but if i do that i lose everything. So i dont know plus if i did that then that she will bug me on gmail and phone. So what yoy all think i shoukd

Linda Barton

Yes i agree twitter needs to sort this problem out My twitter account is being bombared with DM scams claiming to be celebs. Its becoming very annoying and dishearting. A few months ago i had a well known celeb come onto me with DM messages. While one could have been flattered the experience unerved me totally. Given the tradgic circumstances in this celebs personal life ( and unknown to the scamer) i had the same tradgic circumstancez happen in my family. It litterly freaked me out. When i challenged it they forwarded me their cell number well one where their… Read more »

Adriane Cipulla

I was scammed for over $17,500 dollars. I need help. Do I contact the FBI? HomeLandSecurity?

Sandra Conners

I received a private message from Willie Nelson’s official Twitter page, posing as Willie. It went from there? Being new to Twitter, I believed all the msgs that I received. He / they asked for my phone number that I gave out because it was said to be easier. I’m not a stupid woman but I suddenly clued in to a couple things that seemed off and I put the phone number into Google 513-463-7010 and tons of numbers like that come up, stating it was OHIO One page said it was an unsafe number? I challenged them on who’s… Read more »

Richard Vasquez

Twitter love scam: This young (32) woman contacts me with a private message. I’m 52, balding, lonely and not ashamed of it. Yet she came on strong trying to convince me she "loved" me. She convinced me to give her my cell #. We only texted, she never called. She said she lived in Nashville, TN while her phone number has a Los Angeles area code. She said she is an "orphan" and moved to TN when her parents died to live with her aunt. Her name is "Mary Sparkman" and I really thought she cared. She claims to be… Read more »

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