Attention All Tweeters! Twitter Hoax Watch!

If you use Twitter, watch out for a spam tweet — usually a direct message that tells you about a “crazy personal message circulating about you…” DO NOT click on the link that accompanies this message.

My first hoax direct message — I’ve received several — came from someone I know well and trust (but relationships don’t relate to spam problems in any way). I also found at least one funny tweet, about weight loss, that came out, purportedly, from me. I know that several people have received the “crazy personal message” from me.

Because it’s a hoax, so do the following things.

  • Change your password.
  • Disconnect from all connected accounts such as Facebook, newspapers, Linked-in, etc. Wait a day or so to reconnect.
  • Log out all devices.
  • Restart all devices as needed

You should be ok. However, keep an eye on your Twitter account.


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