Spammers and scammers use every medium and means at their disposal to try and get hold of our money.
Unsolicited messages telling us that we have won a lottery, competition or prize are almost never genuine.
Following links or replying will at best set you up for more spam and at worst you could end up becoming a victim of fraud.
Typically, you have to pay an up-front fee to “release” the funds. This will probably be followed by more requests for money, to pay taxes, for bank transfer fees, courier charges… Scammers are very inventive in the number excuses they can find for why they just need a bit more money from you. It’s highly unlikely that you will ever receive the promised prize.
Here’s the best thing to do when you receive a message like this:
- Click the 3 dots under the tweet (circled in red in the image above).
- From the menu that pops up, select Block. This gets rid of the message and stops you seeing any more tweets from that particular spammer.
If you want to do your bit to help Twitter stop spam, before blocking them select Report from the menu and choose the It’s Spam option.