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Pharmacy Spam Disguised as Twitter Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

A spate of spam emails disguised as Twitter notification messages have been hitting inboxes. The spam messages are tricked up to resemble genuine Twitter notification emails, complete with the Twitter logo and colour scheme. The emails claim that there are unread messages from your Twitter account and urge you to click a link, ostensibly in order to view these messages.

However, clicking the link opens a suspect Canadian Pharmacy website that tries to peddle a range of pharmaceutical products. It is extremely unwise to buy medicines from one of these spam outfits. Firstly, even if you do actually receive a product that you order on one of these sites, you have no way of knowing if it is the real thing or some potentially dangerous substitute. Secondly, these sites often use unsecure pages to process credit card transactions, which could certainly put your credit card details at risk. Thirdly, any outfit morally bankrupt enough to use nasty and deliberately deceptive spam tactics such as these is certainly not someone you would want to trust with your credit card or other personal details.
Moreover, the sites that these spam messages link to often harbour various forms of malware.

This Twitter spam/malware campaign seems to be closely related to another such campaign that targets Facebook users. These emails pretend to be official Facebook messages informing recipients that their facebook account has been deactivated. Links in these messages lead to the same, often malware laden, pharmacy websites.

An example of one of the spam messages:

Subject: Twitter clients brettm

Hi, brettm

You have 35 unreaded message(s) from Twitter.

Click this link:
Link removed

Once you confirm, all future email from Twitter will be sent to this address.

The Twitter Team

If you received this message in error and did not sign up for a Twitter account, click not my account.

Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. This message is a service email related to your use of Twitter. For general inquiries or to request support with your Twitter account, please visit us at Twitter Support

Screen shot of the spam email:
Twitter Spam Email

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,