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'Profile Views' Scam Hits Twitter, Affecting Thousands of Users

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A scam that seems tailor-made for Facebook is worming its way across Twitter.

According to Sophos, thousands of Twitter users have already fallen for the scam, which is luring people in with tweets that read: "My profile was viewed ### times JUST TODAY! Click here to see how many views you got!" Clicking on the link will prompt you to grant account access to a rogue application, which will generate a random number of profile views, and automatically post the exact same message to your Twitter page.

You'll also be asked to fill out a fake IQ test, which would earn some extra revenue for the scammers and do absolutely nothing for you. At the end of the test, you'll be prompted to provide your cell phone number, in order for the masterminds to send you even more trivia questions via text message -- at a hefty $2 charge per SMS. It seems like a remarkably transparent operation, but plenty of people are falling for it, nonetheless. Do yourself a favor, and don't be one of them.

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