New Twitter Scams Promise Cash, iTunes Gift Cards

/ Source: SecurityNewsDaily

If you want to make a boatload of money working from home and you like listening to music, you are a perfect target of two new scams making their way around Twitter.

Spotted by researchers at the security firm Sophos, the first con comes in the form of Twitter posts that offer free iTunes gift cards, and all you have to do to get them is click on the included link.

Some of the messages even come from "Milda Fountaine," whose Twitter profile picture shows a girl in a low-slung dress. How could such a beautiful girl steer you wrong?

Here's how: if you click on the link, you will be redirected to a dating site for men who want to meet young Russian women.

"No sign of any free iTunes gift cards there, you'll notice … 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," Sophos wrote.

The other way Twitter thieves are scheming is through the always-popular work-from-home offers.

In this instance, Twitter users are receiving Direct Messages (DMs) that read, "I made $868 today — check out how I made it," followed, of course, by a link. (The amount of money in each message is different, Sophos said.)

The link takes victims to what appears to be a legitimate news story titled, "Working From Home Leads to Shocking Money Results," and even goes a step further by appealing to single moms and teenagers struggling to make ends meet.

To avoid becoming a victim of any of these attacks on Twitter, avoid clicking on any suspicious links or unsolicited messages. Sophos also suggests regularly changing your password and scanning your computer with up-to-date anti-virus software.