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Twitter Promoted Fake PayPal Account Phishing Scam Twitter Promoted Fake PayPal Account Phishing Scam
News | 01/03/2019

Twitter Promoted Fake PayPal Account Phishing Scam


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Twitter - PayPal Phishing Scam!

Phishing scam widely occurs on the World Wide Web. It is a very basic example of a social engineering technique that lures users to those platforms that attempt to obtain sensitive personal information.

Phishing is generally caused by link manipulation and website forgery. However, this is the first time when a widely used social media platform Twitter is caught promoting phishing scams.

Recently, many of the Twitteratis claimed to see a Twitter handle @PaypalChrstm (now deleted) implying itself to be a legitimate PayPal account, promoting gambling money, gifts etc for giving the new car and iPhone via Twitter's advertising program.

Twitter never supports such kind of advertising on its platform; however, to win the lottery, the user must share their personal details.

Social media platform like Instagram and FB generally follow such practice of collecting information in gaming, lotteries, etc. Sadly, the giveaway at twitter with the address PaypalChrstm is completely fake.

Furthermore, shreds of shreds of evidence prove that the account's illegitimate probably got delete from Twitter.

Firstly, the phishing scam’s URL misspells the word PayPal with PayPall. Also, comes from an account having less than 100 followers.

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Additionally, the logo used doesn’t match with the original PayPal brand. Judging by the logo, whomsoever made it, it looks like something made on Microsoft Paint but not on a professional logo maker.

Nevertheless, the hackers main aim was to collect the information from as much as possible sources. To achieve it, they did took their time in creating a login page exactly similar to the authentic page of PayPal.

But, the lack of secure link i.e. HTTPs openly disclosed the phishing scams secret.

These few instances show that there is no strong hacking group behind the scam and looks like work from an individual person.

On the other hand, those who attempted to log in over the page were also asked for credit card information. A clear intention to exploit victim financially outside the Twitter platform but via Twitter.

Today, millions of users all over the world use PayPal - a popular financial service brand. This time cyberattackers tried to phish twitter accounts for their own purpose by promoting tweets as authentically. 

However, on contacting both PayPal and Twitter, there was no comment. This has given an alarming situation about security at twitter too.

Stay tuned with us and mention your comments in the section below if you have more to share on this with us. Stay updated!

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