Have you received an email from Twitter saying that your account has been suspended? Did they ask you to re-verify your account by giving your details to a business partner?
Well, stop right there – and don’t do what the email says, because it’s a scam designed to steal your personal information and make money for fraudsters.
Naked Security reader Bayani was the first of our readers to send us a tip and tell us that they had been on the receiving-end of this particular spam campaign – but it looks as though it has been distributed quite widely via email.
Subject: Account Suspension
Twitter is currently upgrading at this time.We dont want to delete your account. Please Re-verify your account by entering your name, email, or zip by one of our business partners below
Click here to complete some free offers
Note All suspended accounts cannot be restored so please complete this offer within 2 days to avoid suspension
The Twitter Team
The emails don’t really come from Twitter, and clicking anywhere on the email (it’s actually an embedded image rather than text) will take you to survey pages which ask you to give away your personal information.
And, of course, you don’t have to be a Twitter user to have received one of these emails – although, hopefully, you’re unlikely to act upon them unless you are.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
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