Category: social media scam

Twitter Work at Home Scam

There is a common scam on Twitter you receive either a direct message or see a tweet that claims to offer easy ways to make money on Twitter.

If you follow this up – it leads to an e-book containing lots of ways to make money with no outlay.

You may choose to buy the e-book and hope it will give you the means to make money from home with little time or effort.

There may be no book – just a simple scam, but quite often there is a book which the victim receives and it’s not what was expected.

The guide to making money does contain a list of ways to make money on Twitter but they are either unsuitable or impossible for the vast majority of readers.

e.g. “create an information product and sell it on twitter”, or ”offer services on Twitter then use the Fiverr website to get the work done for you cheaply then charge a higher price to the victim” or “Get businesses to sponsor you for making tweets”.

Plus, the scammer has your name, address and credit card details and may well sell that information to other criminals who will steal from you.

Twitter scam entices users with opportunities to make money from home by tweeting about other people’s products. Those who fall for the scam pay a small sign-up fee to get a

“The end user ends up forking out money to do this work and they pay money to some rogue company,”. “But once you’ve paid for the CD, they now have your credit card number, and they can just keep charging that card each month.”

That is exactly what they do. Many victims report that after having purchased the starter kit, they were charged a hidden membership fee of $50 USD or more every month thereafter. In most cases, the victims had no choice but to cancel their credit cards.

The bogus messages appear as both direct messages and regular Twitter updates that attempt to induce users into visiting fraudulent websites punting supposed opportunities to make thousands for little or no effort. The dodgy messages link to supposed news articles on the opportunity.

Cleverly these articles would appear to come from (often made-up) news outlets near a prospective mark’s geographical location.

If you have any experiences with scammers, spammers or time-wasters do let me know, by email.

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Google Hangouts Scams

Google Hangouts is messaging, video chat, and VOIP features. It replaced three messaging products – Google Talk, Google+ Messenger and Hangouts.  Google has announced that it will be for replaced sometime in 2020.

Unfortunately, Google Hangouts can attract undesirables, because users are largely untraceable.

Sometimes, people with malicious intent ask you to use Hangouts because you cannot trace them. Hangouts provides them with a way to hide and be in control. If someone you just met online wants to switch to Hangouts for conversations, then be careful as they may be a scammer engaging in conversation as a prelude to the scam.

If you get an invite that seems suspicious, you can block and report that user by clicking on “reject” on the invite.

The scammers start by creating false profiles, typically on social media sites, dating sites etc. They find their victims and then correspond with a lot of people simultaneously using a pre-arranged script. They may ask for money for a  visa or tell you a sob story about being mugged or sick or have a dying relative – anything to get money from you.

These are standard scammer tactics – do not be fooled.

Be careful on Google Hangouts.

If you have any experiences with scammers on Hangouts – do let me know, by email.

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WhatsApp Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s Scam

WhatsApp messages offer free supermarket vouchers, but it’s just a scam.

Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s have been warning their customers about a possible scam over WhatsApp that tries to trick people into giving away their personal details. Both supermarkets are very clear that this is nothing to do with them.

These messages are similar to the ones which have done the rounds on Facebook and Twitter previously – under the names of various retailers.

One such message reads:

“I just received a free £150 gift vouchers from Morrisons.

“Get yours before the offer ends.

“Thanks me later.”

It then links to a fake webpage to make your claim.

The fake page appears to be an online survey asking for your personal information, including your email address, home address and phone number, before the ‘free gift voucher’ can be sent to you.

When the survey is complete, customers are asked to select WhatsApp friends to share the deal with. The promotional message and link is then sent to all of those contacts. This is how the scam spreads so quickly.

If you have fallen for this scam – you may need to change your login and password and be careful of anyone calling or emailing seeming to know details about you.

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Twitter Shock Messages

A recent scam uses the fear of public humiliation, to make people click without thinking.

This scam involves receiving a private message to your Twitter account.

The message often has the following sorts of wording, designed to cause shock:-

  • You have been filmed in suspicious activity
  • Is that really you in the picture?
  • What are you doing with her?
  • Isn’t she a bit young for you?
  • You were recorded
  • Why are you in this video clip?
  • How are you going to hide this video?

There is a link to click to see the supposed video.  If clicked, the victim sees a page with a video player and a message indicating an update to YouTube is needed before the video can be viewed.

But the supposed update is actually a virus instead, which will infect your device.

If you receive such a message, then you may want to carry out the following steps:-

  1. Block the sender from your Twitter account
  2. Send Twitter a report about the malware and /or threatening message.
  3. Delete the message

Sometimes, the scammers use an innocent persons Twitter account to send out the messages. If you find your account is being used for this purpose then you need to take immediate measures to reset your password and revoke connections to third-party applications. Also report the problem to Twitter so they don’t label you as a spammer.

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