You’ve heard the saying “Curiosity killed the cat.” Don’t let your curiosity get you in trouble when you receive an email that appears to be from one of your followers on Twitter.
BBB in Louisville, KY, recently received one of these emails. The email reads, “I saw a real bad blog about you, you seen this?” The message is followed by a link.
Face it. When you receive a message like this, you are inclined to click on it to see what is being said about you. However, in this case, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK! If you click on the link, you are taken to what appears to be the Twitter login page. Then you are asked to provide your user name and password. But it’s not the real Twitter login page. If you look carefully at the address bar, you’ll notice that you are not actually at Twitter.com.
Chances are, the person you’re following on Twitter who appeared to send the message has already fallen for the scam, or their Twitter account has been compromised in another way.
Better Business Bureau offers these tips on what to do if you have fallen victim to this scam:
1. Change your Twitter password.
2. Verify that the email address for your Twitter account was not changed.
3. If you’ve used the same e-mail address and password on other web sites, then immediately check them out and change their passwords.
4. If your Twitter account is sending out phishing messages, you should also visit the Applications tab in “Account Settings”, and Revoke Access for any third-party application that you don’t recognize.
Remember, you should always be suspicious of links sent in emails or that are posted on social networking sites. If you are ever in doubt, don’t click! If you click, and the site asks for your personal information, don’t give it out!
For more consumer tips, start at www.bbb.org.