If you are a big fan of Twitter, you might have heard of the rumor where Twitter is going to charge this October. This rumor is spread around from many of the users of Twitter via their tweets.
Our old friend, Friendster tried that before and it was a scam. Until today where majority of people go to Facebook, Google+ and Twitter also does not legitimately trigger the charges for Friendster.
Hotmail is also the same and Facebook as well last month where that news made a big impact on IT Security Column’s traffic via Google search engine for the Facebook scam on charging their users.
If you had already read my post on the rumor where Facebook is going to charge, you should have known that those top social networks will not attempt at all to charge any users. Their main source of income are not directly from you. Instead it is thanks to you for using their service and they indirectly earned from advertising. The example of the fake tweet news is as below:
And guess what, clicking on the petition is going to lead you to a phishing site where your Twitter’s username and password will be stolen by the attacker. It is extremely important that you should not submit any of your username and password to a phishing site.
You might have a question how you identify whether that is an actual site or not since it is a shortened URL. Well, there is one site that could do the conversion of your short URL to the original one. The site is called LongURL. If you have any problems with the shortened URL, just hit to this site and do the conversion.
You will realize that after converting the shortened URL for this scam, it will lead you to ltittier -dot- com but the GUI is exactly like Twitter.
One last piece of advice here is that, if you happen to be the person tweeting this message without realizing, you are infected. Kindly change your Twitter’s username and password before it is too late. Also, do not forget to change the password for the accounts that you use the similar Twitter’s username and password.
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