Scam from Twitter
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 04:27
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
+ ...
Mar 8, 2011

I never even visited the Twitter site, but since two weeks I get almost daily notifications from Twitter. There is a link in the message to unsubscribe, but it leads only to a page where I can sign in.
Any idea what I can do?


 

Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:27
Same here Mar 8, 2011

I've also never visited Twitter, and I got a similar message today for the first time.

Like Heinrich said, there is a unsubscribe section at the end of the message, but I didn't bother to do click on it, because when I checked whether the message was coming from a genuine Twitter site, I noticed that the sender's email address was a variation of mine.

Solution: just ignore the fake mail.


 

kchansen
Local time: 03:27
English to Danish
Don't "unsubscribe" Mar 8, 2011

As a general rule when you receive spam, don't use their "unsubscribe" link to unsubscribe from their "mailing list". All you're doing is telling the spammers that your email address is alive and spammable, and you will just receive even more spam, or they will sell your address to other spammers.

 

George Trail  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:27
Member (2009)
French to English
+ ...
Are you sure it's even Twitter sending you these emails? Mar 9, 2011

Time and again we hear of stories where people have seen their online bank accounts drained because their computer has been hacked with spyware - the result of phishing and other malicious procedures. Don't click on the unsubscribe link because it will be fake; they want you to do it because it is this that causes some malicious segment of code to be installed in your computer without you knowing (unless your computer is properly protected with appropriate software applications).

Whoever's doing this may claim to be from Twitter but they're not. On a similar note, some people purporting to be from banks ask you for your bank details for "security reasons"; the next thing you know, they've infiltrated your account and robbed it. The golden rule is ignore it if they start with "Dear Sir / Madam" and not your name.

Having said that, why are you so sure there is a scam at work here?


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 03:27
English to Czech
+ ...
Yep Mar 9, 2011

George Trail wrote:
Don't click on the unsubscribe link because it will be fake;


Seconded. The spammer might not necessarily be involved in phishing, but if you click on the "Unsubscribe" link and – even more importantly – enter your e-mail address to unsubscribe, you will only confirm that your e-mail account is live and your address will be probably sold as part of a database to other spammers. The result will very probably be massive spam attacks on your e-mail account.

[Upraveno: 2011-03-09 19:23 GMT]


 

Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 03:27
French to German
+ ...
Other nuisances Mar 9, 2011

Stanislav Pokorny wrote:

George Trail wrote:
Don't click on the unsubscribe link because it will be fake;


Seconded. The spammer might not necessarily be involved in phishing, but if you click on the "Unsubscribe" link and – even more importantly – enter your e-mail address to unsubscribe, you will only confirm that your e-mail account is live and your address will be probably sold as part of a database to other spammers. The result will very probably be massive spam attacks on your e-mail account.

[Upraveno: 2011-03-09 19:23 GMT]


I have a Twitter account, and another nuisance which now seems to belong to the past has upset me more than once. Unknown persons "followed me", probably for spamming their contacts with adult content through Twitter. Invariably those profiles had already been deleted when I wanted to check who those persons were.

OT or not so OT: the same can happen through the Yahoo!Pulse feature.


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 03:27
English to Czech
+ ...
Indeed Mar 9, 2011

And that's, among other things, why I don't use Twitter or other services.

 


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