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Scam Affecting Twitter Accounts and Your Private Data
posted at March 2, 2013 8:40 PM EST
First: March 1, 2013
Last: April 23, 2013
Hello, I just learned about a scam being perpetrated over Twitter. Basically, it involves a twitter account holder receiving an email, or a graphic image looking like an email or text message that pretends to be from Twitter itself.
The fake Twitter message declares that the Twitter account has been suspended and must be reactivated within two days time or else. The account holder is directed to give some personal information such as Zip Code, email address, and password associated with the Twitter account in question.
If you are a Twitter user and account holder, then you may be interested to learn about this scam. The risk is that the personal information will be used for hacking into other accounts such as email or banking for the purposes of stealing your money. Another risk is that the Twitter account holder may reveal enough information to permit scammers to create legitmate looking, but fake, public profiles with the intent of exploiting other victims with even more scams.
The date on this scam report looks old, but I wanted to post it here to generate awareness and discussion about it from real Twitter users and account holders. Such scams have the ability to resurface after publicity about them dies down and people forget.