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Can You Recognize a Scam on Twitter?

in Social Media & Web Presence Basics

Last updated 5 years ago

"The Internet is a virtual world of opportunity – but occasionally that also applies to unsavory types who are looking for their next big scam. On social networking sites like Twitter, where it’s common practice to follow or get followed by someone you may not already know, it’s especially important to know how to safeguard yourself against common scams that could result in a computer virus, or worse." (ReachLocal Blog)

While more business owners are starting to utilize Twitter (a recent report found that Twitter usage by small-medium sized businesses more than doubled in 2010), you must be conscious of the unsavory types out there who may try to take advantage of your newbieness on Twitter. Chances are you may have already encountered a Twitter scam. If not, consider yourself lucky and read more below on how you can be on the lookout and not fall victim.

ReachLocal's social media guru, Angela Epley highlights the 4 most common types of Twitter scams and how you can avoid falling prey to them. (Read the full post on ReachLocal's Blog Post - Do You Know How to Recognize a Scam on Twitter).

  1. Someone you don't know or trust mentions you (@your_username) or DMs (direct messages) you a shortened link.
  2. A new follower has no profile pic, follows a ton of people without many followers back and their tweet history looks like a broken record.
  3. An unfamiliar or new application is asking you to type your Twitter username and password.
  4. A stranger is using a popular or relevant hashtag out of content in a tweet to promote a link.

Don't be a victim, learn how to not get scammed on Twitter.

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TeamBishop - offers Internet marketing solutions for local Orlando businesses. We specializing in paid search (pay-per-click), social media, display advertising, online chat and web presence. We are ReachLocal Orlando's senior Internet Marketing Consulting Team. ReachLocal is an Internet advertising and digital marketing agency that specializes in helping small to medium businesses acquire, maintain and retain customers via the Internet.

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