We ran across this post on the Sophos’ Naked Security blog today.
Lose an amazing 10 lbs. It must be true, it was broadcasted on Twitter. Be wait, it is just a scam.
Graham Cluley posted this YouTube video describing what is happening and how to prevent yourself from becoming another victim of this scam.
Here is an excerpt from the article.
Ask yourself this – if the diet was really so miraculous at helping people lose weight, would it need to be promoted through spam?
What isn’t clear is how the accounts have been compromised by spammers to send the messages advertising the weight loss product.
It’s certainly not the case that all of the spamming accounts have been created by the spammers themselves – many thousands of users appear to have handed the reins of their account over to criminals to send their advertising messages, whether it be by having their passwords cracked or stolen, or by allowing access to a rogue application.
Remember to always be cautious of the links you click on, and check that your Twitter account is properly secured.