Internet Scams to Watch Out For: Hidden URLs on Twitter
With Twitter’s (TWTR) character limitation, URL-shortening services like Bitly and TinyURL are popular. They let someone tweet a website without eating up half the character allotment for a post.
However, URL shortening has led to a new class of Internet scams that relies on the fact that those short links don’t hold much in the way of visual clues to the end destination. So the criminals create a Twitter account, follow someone and tweet a website for them to check out.
The shortened URL takes them to a website loaded with malware — the kind of destination we’ve all (hopefully) learned to avoid.
What to do: If you gain a new Twitter follower, have a look to make sure they’re legit before blindly clicking any shortened links they post. Stock photos, a new account and no followers are reasons to be cautious. If you end up on a suspicious website, it’s time to run antivirus software.