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.