It seems that a ring of suspicious Tweeters are including our hashtag in their messages. Now, these messages are in a foreign language so I’m not sure what they mean or what this group is attempting to do, but Tamara, our Social Media Director has cleverly tagged them as SPAMMERS/HACKERS/NO-GOODERS. Some of you have been notifying us that they are appearing on your feeds as well but you don’t know how to block or report them, so I have put together this step by step guide so that you’re able to block them and report them to Twitter at the same time.
You will notice my little hand symbol/pointer over most of the areas that you’ll need to click on.
Step 1: Click on the name of the tweeter. Per the diagram below, that name would be Himanshu. DO NOT CLICK FOLLOW!
Step 2: Once you’re on their page, in the top right hand corner you will see a circle with 3 dots in it. This is located to the left of the Follow button. Click the circle with 3 dots. DO NOT CLICK FOLLOW!
Step 3: Once you click that circle with the 3 dots, a drop down window appears and down at the bottom of it you should click REPORT @whatever the name is.
Step 4: When you click REPORT, another window opens and you should click It’s suspicious or spam.
Step 5: Another window opens and you will click It’s posting spam to a trend or hashtag.
Step 6: Another window opens and you will click Block @whatever the name is. This is in red.
Step 7: In the top right-hand corner of that page, Click DONE.
Members, we don’t want anything to negatively impact you, and a great majority of our members are older and extremely vulnerable to all sorts of hacks and those who seek to cause harm.
Again, I don’t know what this group is or what their intentions are, but, what is most concerning, is I don’t know what the message is that they are spreading. Whatever it is, we don’t want any part of it. It appears that this group is from India as I’ve seen India in many of the tweets that have come across our feeds and the names on the twitter handles appear to also be out of India.
I know that it may be time-consuming, but, better that you take the time to perform these steps now than risk being hacked or otherwise taken advantage of by this group that appears to be unscrupulous. All of the accounts appear to be very new accounts, with only a handful of followers. I think the most followers I’ve seen one have was 9 – some had 3, some had 0. Another red flag is that none of our followers are following these people. They, on the other hand, appear to be following a ton of folks.
This particular activity is a prime reason you should read every tweet before you retweet it and you should also be careful of who you follow. Following and retweeting randomly and blindly, could get you into big trouble and also cost you big in the long run if these are experienced hackers.
I hope this information has been helpful and if you have encountered any of this suspicious activity yet, please let us know in the comments below.