Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, recently purchased the social media platform Twitter. Since this purchase, Twitter started allowing users to pay for a monthly subscription called “Twitter Blue.” Twitter Blue displays a blue verification checkmark next to the subscriber’s username. Previously, Twitter only gave this checkmark to accounts that belonged to legitimate public figures, brands, or governments.
Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this new subscription to make fake accounts appear more legitimate. They’re creating accounts to impersonate public figures or brands so they can spread disinformation or pretend to be customer support. Be cautious of Twitter Blue subscribers that ask you to perform an action or provide sensitive information. These accounts could be cybercriminals that are trying to manipulate you.
Follow the tips below to stay safe from Twitter Blue scams:
- Never trust that an account is legitimate because it has a verification checkmark. Anyone can subscribe to Twitter Blue.
- Verify news and information by checking official websites, press releases, and other trusted sources.
Never provide sensitive information through Twitter. If an account asks you to provide information, contact the individual or organization directly by using their official email or phone number.
Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.
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