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Beware of Twitter Underscore Spammers Stealing Your Brand

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Just wanted to do a quick post on the proliferation of twitter spam. It seems there is a group of people that are spamming twitter using people with a decent amount of followers and adding underscores before and after their names. Watch out for people like _stuntdubl_ or _stuntdubl following you – this isn’t me! Thanks to the many folks who let me know about it. If you run into this – just send a message to @spam on twitter and include the name and transgression of the spammer.

Fortunately, my imposter has been deleted, but I’ve had LOTS of smart people wondering if it really was me. This tells me that the spam is probably pretty believable, and likely needs to be stopped (I even had one person congratulate me on my spamming – Note: I am not a spammer – and don’t encourage this behaviour). The email you receive looks fairly convincing, as you don’t notice the underscore (see below)
twitter spammer email

Below is an example of a twitter underscore spammer squatting on Rand’s name. Don’t let it happen to you, and don’t fall for it either.
underscore twitter spammer

This has been a twitter public service announcement:) Thanks again to everyone who let me know right away what was happening.

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  • Kaye

    Gadzooks. WHAT will they think of next! Thanks for the heads up. I’ll definitely pass the info on :)

  • Tamar Weinberg

    Too bad they can’t create their own brands, eh?

  • Aaron

    Thanks for pointing this out to everybody. I received a fake/spam invite from a Barry Schwartz imposter and almost bought a product based on his recommendation. Then I realized what was going on.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Bakis

    Just sphunn this…I have recently at least 20 of those make fast money online spammors following me…

    I keep blocking them and they keep coming…

    The funny thing is that they start using beautiful girls as avatar’s as well so as to attract more followers-victims…

  • Dan Massicotte

    Don’t fall for it either? Are you implying that some of us will turn to the dark side and engage in this tempting activity. Hehe.

  • Alysson

    I can’t tell you how many of these impostors have followed me over the past couple of weeks. It’s really annoying!

  • Ricky C

    After seeing this problem in many sites i just hope that twitter will implementing new security like verifying the identity of the real owner like uploading their bill statement with their names on or create a bot machine that will delete duplicates name

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