Another day, another group of unsavoury users sending me tweet spam. This time it’s the ‘fake mention from someone you’ve never heard of’ trick. Here’s an example of one I received earlier today:
Hmm, I wonder what @burkstyhnq2 is sending me, I mean she sent it to me specifically so it must be important. And at first glance she looks like the lovely Mumsy-type who wouldn’t hurt a fly. I bet she bakes cheesecakes at weekends, attends village fetes and just wants to send me a link to her latest recipe, right?
I’m sure the person pictured IS perfectly lovely but their image has unwittingly become the face of tweet spam.
Shame on you spammers, no cheesecake for you tonight.
And this is where you should remember spam rule #1 – if you’re not sure don’t click on the link. You never know where it might take you or worse still what it might prompt you to start downloading.
But here’s a trick for how to really tell if it’s spam or not. Don’t click on the bit.ly link, but instead click on the username to bring up their profile. In most cases I would guess that you’d see something similar to the screenshot on the left, line after line of the same message you’ve just received.
Look down the list and you will probably find yourself, one of many twitter users who’ve been sent a bit of spam from @burkstyhnq2 today.
So this is where you remember spam rule #2 – ignore it, walk away, don’t click on the link, don’t reply (you don’t want them to know you’ve seen their link and therefore have an active account). Better still, open up a new tab, go to taste.com.au and try their strawberry cheesecake recipe this weekend and think about all the spammers you’ve got the better of as you bite into your first slice.