Twitter users warned of phishing scam hiding in plain sight as Promoted Tweet
"Twitter users have been warned of a Promoted Tweet appearing in feeds that offers to help them get their account verified, but is actually a phishing scam hiding in plain sight.
The message, which could appear in users' feeds regardless of who they follow, contains a link to a site that requests account information and, more worryingly, payment details in return for helping to place a blue tick on user profiles.
However, as security firm Malwarebytes noted, the entire set-up is a ruse which has so far ensnared almost 1,000 people.
‘Over three days, the Promoted Tweet was clicked by 812 people, 97.4% of them hitting the link via Twitter’s t.co redirect (in other words, directly from the sponsored tweet). 644 visitors arrived via iPhone and 534 hits came from the US,’ the firm said.”
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