On the contrary, spammers and scammers oftentimes exploit the common wants of social networking users, such as the desire to make more connections or to visit their friends’ pages, as means to seize control of their accounts, their money and/or their identities.Anyone can, therefore, fall victim to a social media scam if they are not careful.To address this type of exploit, we recommended that users limit the amount of information they post on social media.Not all attacks on social networking sites are that personal, however.Some services claim that they can do this by identifying other Twitter accounts that automatically follow back, reports Scambusters.Others state they provide followers based upon interests that are shared by the purchaser.“I think Twitter could tackle some of the spam issues, whether it is via DMs or fake accounts, by looking into the account creation process and how to detect fraudulent sign ups,” he told Motherboard in an interview.“Contrary to other social networking sites, it is trivial to create a Twitter account in a few seconds with a throwaway email address and start spamming right away.” While comparatively less common than the other types of scams explained above, worms still pose a serious threat to Twitter users.
But phishing pages are not the only illegitimate DMs sent by Twitter scammers.
This past fall, researchers observed 419 scams targeting users via their inboxes.
(Apparently, Nigerian princes have Twitter accounts, too!
Msg me on [Insert IM platform here].” If a Twitter user decides to chat with the “woman”, the bot follows a script and offers the user a “free pass” to an adult webcam site.
Upon visiting the site, users are prompted to enter in their contact information and credit card details.