By Cesar Ortiz
A variant of the familiar Facebook Free iTunes Gift card scam that we covered in this Blog on July 6, 2011 is back, but now is spreading virally in Twitter. The scam begins when users receive messages from their friends with enticing text that offer free iTunes Gift Cards. The message from the unsuspecting, already a victim, friend, read like the samples below:
(Beginning of quote)
“i have got,get yrs free iTunes Gift Card giveaway today [LINK]
wow,iTunes Gift Card got just today free lol [LINK]
awesome lol,today got iTunes Gift Card [LINK]
Your Chance to choose Your Best iTunes Gift Card [LINK]
Find out how to get a iTunes Gift Card! [LINK]”
(End of quote)
Unsuspecting users who click on the friend’s message about the “Free iTunes Gift Card” will trigger the scam hidden script immediately. According to security researchers, all of the scams will show a profile of a pretty female photo, at times wearing very few clothes or a bikini. The very professional looking window will tempt users to follow the lady, sometimes called Milda Fountaine or Lucy Adams with interesting feeds of tweets like quotes of the day, but inserted in the feeds is one that says:
“[Blue letters link] Milda Fountaine2-Milda Fountaine awsome lol today got iTunes Gift Card
xx minutes ago"
Users who click on the blue link before the Milda name in the hope of receiving a Free iTunes card will immediately send the same message that they just received to all their friends, therefore propagating the scam. After clicking the blue link, users will receive an enticing advertising or form related to the user location country and city. It could be an offer for a Friends Club, Dating Club or any male oriented “pay per filled form” site that unsuspicious or shady merchants contract the scammers for. If you clicked on to “Follow” Milda Fountaine, you have given permission to the scammers to play and even hack your Twitter account. Another option is to invade you and your friends with scam offers. Please beware that a malware (virus, password, credit data hacks) link can be inserted anywhere in the scam, therefore creating a more serious problem. There is no iTunes Free Card anywhere.
To remove this hack from your Twitter account, (1) Go to the Twitter Website page, log-in to your profile (1) Click on your user window pull down arrow at the top right of the menu where your thumbnail picture is ( 2) Select “Settings” (3) Select “Applications” (4) “Revoke Access” to any related scam application (if any) (5) Delete all related tweets (6) Contact and help your friends to clean up their accounts (7) Run your Anti Virus in Full Scan mode.