Twishing is when a fraudster uses Twitter to get in contact with you with the goal of defrauding you. They’ll try to trick you into giving up your personal information to gain access to your bank accounts.
If you’re not ready, you could end up giving away your personal information or passwords to a criminal without realising it.
We’ve prepared this guide to get you up to speed on spotting and avoiding Twitter fraud.
Where does the word Twishing come from?
The word twishing is based on the term phishing (another word for an email scam).
In phishing, a fraudster uses a fake email account to pretend to be someone trustworthy. They then try to get you to send them your personal information. Learn how to spot and avoid phishing emails here.
Twishing basically means ‘Twitter phishing’ – it’s a social media version of the common email scam.
In twishing, the fraudster will make a fake social media profile instead of a bogus email address and then try to trick you with deceptive tweets and direct messages.