Better Business Bureau Warns Users against Twitter Money Making Scams
As per the Better Business Bureau (BBB), phishers and spammers are targeting those people who search for jobs online.
In a recently discovered scheme, scammers are not only sending malicious e-mails and using fake websites but also targeting job seekers through Twitter.
Scammers are using Twitter to convince potential victims that they could make quick and easy money.
For instance - a bogus website 'Twitterprofithouse.com' draws Internet users' attention by showing catchy title like how to make commission through Twitter. People can also get free Twitter Profit Software kit that tells about the secrets of making money from industry experts.
Another similar offer can be seen on 'easytweetsprofits.com' which claims of earn up to $873 per day.
However, BBB have classified these job offers as phishing scams and claimed that 'catch' is given in the fine print.
In order to access the software kit from either easytweetsprofits.com or Twitterprofithouse.com, users need to register with the companies and give their credit or debit card details, said BBB. In case, users don't withdraw their membership within seven days, both the companies will automatically charge the money for their membership programs. This is a spurious but attractive scheme that makes unemployed people to give away their financial and personal details.
Andy Goode, Regional Vice President, Better Business Bureau, said that these companies charged users between $50 and $100 for each month, as reported by abclocal.go on July 6, 2009.
The scheme doesn't confine to attract users but also included phony blogs created by scammers to give testimonials of the successful Twitter money making programs that could be used sitting at home comfortably.
BBB have given an example of phony blog - Make-money-on-twitter.com - which is presumably published by 'Derrick Clark of Virginia'. In this blog, the author claims of making around $5,000 a month by posting links to Twitter.
The security organization (BBB) have suggested that people who are searching for jobs should have knowledge of various warnings that could help them to identify whether it is an online scam or not.
People interested to know more about the scams can visit BBB website - vi.bbb.org.
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