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Twitter Scammers 'Cash In' On Draw Something

The rising popularity of Draw Something has reached quite the global audience, especially artists - con artists, that is. So it comes as no surprise that scammers are already feeding from the success of the app, and enticing users with invisible rewards.

Bringing this to our attention is security firm Sophos, issuing a warning to Twitter users that a scam was circulating on the microblogging site informing sketchers that they had won a prize. Each time a tweet is posted mentioning the app i.e. #drawsomething, scammers pick up on this and send a tweet back inviting the users to claim a prize.

A few examples include tweets from @Tawandauvw and @Timikafva, saying: "You have been chosen! Claim Your Prize" or "You're a lucky Prize Winner," followed by a link directing users to a site named

Should you choose to believe this too-good-to-be-true prize, you'll then see this message appear on the site: "Congratulations Draw Something Fan. You've Been Randomly Selected!" asking visitors to answer three questions, with the promise of winning a "FREE Gift worth over $500."

"What you will discover, however, is that you are taken to an all-too-familiar survey scam," explained Sophos' senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley. "Your chances of ever receiving a prize are remote - chances are that you will either end up handing over personal information or will be helping the original scammer earn commission."

So there you have it - if a site tries to pay you a compliment when sketching an inane subject as a means of wasting time with your friends, it's probably best to ignore it.

Source: MSNBC

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration