Phishing Scam Links from Twitter Direct Messages

November 12, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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This post may come to you as something that isn’t new however I just thought that it may serve as a reminder whenever you get direct messages on Twitter and tempted to click on the links.

It’s not once or twice that I have received DMs with links pointing to phishing sites and this inspired to write how-to posts on setting up Firefox and Google Chrome for secured browsing because having the right settings has indeed saved the day for me.

SXSWi 2009: Sketchnotes: Scam SchoolIf you get to encounter this link on one of your DMs, don’t click it. If you ever clicked this unknowingly, you’ll be prompted anyway if you have the right browser settings. Usually, when these bad guys send me links like these, I broadcast them on Twitter and unfollow them right away. I let people know that they are sending out links to phishing sites so people who don’t know will definitely avoid them.

Once and for all, these schemes should be stopped for good if not minimized. If you ever get encounter such fake web pages hidden on shortened links on Twitter, do something about it and always keep your browsers secured.

For Internet Explorer 8, you can set up secured browsing via Safety tab and make sure that the SmartScreen Filter isn’t turned off. This way, you’ll be safe while browsing the internet and be always alerted whenever you come across a suspicious attack site.

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  1. John Samuel says:

    If they are using url shorteners to spread these links, then it is really an use. It’s better to preview the links before clicking
    .-= John Samuel´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Firefox! It’s 5 years of Happy Browsing =-.

  2. Charles says:

    I just got hit by this last month. Received a few ‘direct’ messages to check out this site. Thankfully the site was already down otherwise I would have fell for it.
    .-= Charles´s last blog ..First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended =-.

  3. Mathdelane says:

    @John Samuel
    To preview a link, you may have to click it first which means that even if you click on those links, your browser must be securely set up for protected browsing so that you wouldn’t have to worry about anything because somehow, the 140-character limit on Twitter is not going anywhere and that’s the only way it could accommodate more messages.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    @Charles, if you ever come across fake web pages, just don’t continue. On IE, I think it doesn’t display the fake web page, I’m not really so sure because I use OpenDNS but when I tried typing a fake link on my IE8 address bar, it didn’t show the page.

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