Are You Sending Spam Direct Messages? It’s Time To Check (And Stop)

Aren’t spam direct messages (DMs) annoying?

The ones offering “free gifts” (someone please tell me when aren’t gifts free?) or asking you to connect with them on another platform (I do that!) are bad enough, but the ones that link to malaware are downright dangerous!

The first step in stopping these annoying messages is for the folks sending them to realize they’re doing so. Are you SURE you’re not one of them?

So we told you what happens when you click DMs claiming to link to a video of you that you didn’t know existed (reminder: this video does not exist).

Well, the same thing happens when you click OTHER suspicious links too. Here’s a list some DMs that commonly contain harmful links:

  • “This person is writing bad things about you.” Any variation of this is complete b.s., unless it’s from a trusted friend. That last part was a test – even trusted friends succumb to spam. Don’t click these links regardless of who they come from. No one has created a video, post or image about you.
  • “I made six figures last month with X.” The only person cashing in here is the spammer. Don’t click these too good to be true DMs, they’re . . . too good to be true.
  • “This is how I lost weight!” No, it isn’t. It’s how they got access to your account.

Seeing a pattern here?

If you’ve ever clicked one of these tweets, you’re sending spam to your followers. Cut it out. Here’s how:

  • Change your password.
  • Revoke access to any suspicious apps (in your settings).
  • Stop clicking crazy links.

Are you guilty of spreading spam?

(Spam image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.