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Twitter Spammers Entice Clicks with Free iTunes Gift Cards
Here are some typical messages:
" I have got,get yrs free iTunes Gift Card giveaway today [LINK] "
" Wow,iTunes Gift Card got just today free lol [LINK] "
" Awesome lol,today got iTunes Gift Card [LINK] "
" Your Chance to choose Your Best iTunes Gift Card [LINK] "
" Find out how to get a iTunes Gift Card! [LINK] "
All of the Twitter accounts I've seen sending out these messages, have a profile picture of a young woman (sometimes wearing skimpy clothes or a bikini - one has to wonder where they're going to stash their iPod).
And, on closer examination, it appears that these Twitter users have been created purely for the purposes of spamming out these tweets, interspersed with the occasional random quote or saying.
So, what happens if you click on the link? Well, you visit a website which firstly attempts to work out where in the world you are. I'm writing this from the UK, and it decided to relay my web browser to a dating website for men who want to meet young Russian women.
If you click on a link offering you a free iTunes Gift Card and end up with a Russian bride, you're definitely doing something wrong.
It's unlikely you're in the market for a Russian bride, but even if you are - I wouldn't recommend clicking on the links. They could just as easily take you to a webpage containing malware, or a site which attempts to phish your passwords from you.Instead, report any users who you see spewing out messages like this as spammers. That means they won't be able to bother you in future, and Twitter will investigate whether their account should be deleted.
Reference : Naked Security News
Computer Forensic, Internet Investigation and IT Consultant