Are that many followers worth it??

Filed Under: Phishing, Social networks, SophosLabs, Spam, Twitter

I received a notice that I had a new follower on Twitter, so I decided to see who it was. Nope, no one I recognized. I went to check out their page and I saw this:

I knew this is a total scam but decided to check it out anyway. I was directed to a page with a bunch of packages. So there are various levels of followers you can purchase, and varying amounts of time that it takes to achieve all of the followers. Now what I thought was amusing was the fake Paypal link. So not only would you be giving them money, but total access to your Paypal account.

I then saw another version of this scam that has an "introductory rate" of $5, but then a monthly billing rate of $99.50. It didn't steal your credentials, but they asked for all your credit card details, so could bill your account (along with anything else they wanted to charge on there as well.)

Is proving to the world you are one of the "popular kids" really worth that much? Not to me, it isn't.

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Beth Jones Senior Threat Researcher, SophosLabs US Beth manages the day-to-day research and analysis activities of incoming suspicious malware threats that arrive in SophosLabs via customers, partners and prospects. Beth has worked in Sophos's Boston lab for more than five years and brings nearly a decade of network security experience to Sophos.