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Watch out for Twitter ‘Unfollowed Me’ Scam

Posted by on 21/04/2011

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The scams are back again on Twitter, this time trying to take advantage of those who pride themselves based on their follower count. The ‘Unfollow Me’ worm scams users just like the apps on Facebook.

The trend started with initial tweets saying “20 (random number) people have unfollowed me, find out how many have unfollowed you: [spam link]” along with tags of popular trending topics to help get the message onto the tag feeds. Users who are particularly finicky about their followers, jumped onto the bandwagon, allowing the rough app to infect their accounts and spread more messages similar to the one above.

Even though the app wasn’t made to hijack and corrupt user accounts, it was made to scam users into taking surveys. The victims who wanted to see who unfollowed them would have to participate in a survey and for each survey completed, the scammers would make money on the deal. Sadly enough, there are legit apps out there that allow users to manage their Twitter accounts, so falling for such a trap like this is not too unbelievable (as compared to Facebook which has  no form of user monitoring software). Some of the applications have messages about “Free iPads or Win a Gucci Shopping Spree”. Clearly that by itself is a sign that the app does not do what it says.

For those affected by the malicious app (which goes by many names), just head over to your Settings/Connections tab and disallow the application in question. It is always recommended to change your passwords as well just as an extra step of safety. Also, if you see information about give-aways, pay particular attention because it most likely is a scam.

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