Twitter can be a wonderful outlet for catching up with the world. You can peek inside the lives of celebrities as easily as it is to connect with your local businesses. However, not everyone on Twitter is looking to relax, some are out there to scam. We at Responza have seen scams of all sorts. Anywhere from e-mail to snail mail. These days, Twitter scams can be happening in real time and in front of thousands of people. Read on to see how to spot a Twitter scam and how you can avoid it.
Twitter Scams: You Know Them When You See Them
Currently, Twitter scams seem to be targeting the financial world. It’s not hard to see why as their end users, the public, like to stay involved with their bank. How these scams come about can be quite subtle to the common user.
It all starts with a need.
A Twitter user needs help with logging in or has a general question. The scammer then inserts themselves in an organic and legitimate conversation and easily steers it to them. You may wonder how they do it so easily. This is answered with a fake profile.
What makes these fake profiles so hard to spot is at first glance they look legitimate. It takes a few minutes to spot a fake but once you can, it will keep you and your computer safe. They mimic real profiles of all kinds. This has influenced not only the financial sector but celebrities, communications companies, and even down to people you personally know. This type of scam is referred as Social Engineering and is not only happening on Twitter but every social site you can think of.
Twitter Scams: How to Spot a Fake
It can be difficult to spot a fake. Some things to look for would be to look at the Twitter handle. Each reputable account that is held by a big name comes with a Twitter blue circle with a white check. This ensures that the account is real and can be trusted. After each Tweet, you will see the specific Twitter handle (i.e. @examplecompany). Scammers base their fake profile handles as an unnoticeable difference. The difference could be a letter or even an extra space. In the examples provided in the article, the real Twitter handle was @AskNationwide and the fake was @AskNationwideUC. It was the simple addition of 2 letters that you must look out for.
Another thing to look out for is what they are asking you. When it comes to banks, they will only discuss the basics in public. If you have anyone asking you to click on a link, verify information, etc., in public, be wary of it. It is for everyone’s protection that you discuss your bank information in the correct channels.
Lastly, when it doubt, don’t do it. Don’t click on the link and fill out your information. Call the bank or cell phone company and let them assist you. Here at Responza, we have a passion for helping our clients not only save time but money with our IT services. We have a variety of options to choose from, all customizable to help serve your business best. Contact us, in Seattle or Charleston today and let us show you how IT can propel your business into the future.