British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp's official Twitter account has been hit by the 'free iPad' scam, currently spreading across the platform and other social networks.
Scammers hijacked the Channel 4 presenter's Twitter account, using it to send links to dubious websites, that claimed to be distributing free iPads, to her 47,000 Twitter followers.
Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley, via a blogpost, said: “The links took unsuspecting fans to webpages which encouraged them to apply for free iPads by handing over personal information and signing up for scams that charged £4.50 per week.”
The TV presenter, who hosts popular real-estate shows 'Location, Location, Location' and 'Kirstie's Homemade Home', was alerted to the scam by friends after they noticed a series of out-of-character tweets being sent from the profile.
Following this, Allsopp immediately changed her password and profile pictures before deleting the offending tweets.
Sophos reminded users to apply difficult-to-guess passwords for their profiles on social networks and never use the same password for multiple social networking accounts to help prevent such attacks.