Bernadette Ferard followed me on Twitter yesterday.
I noticed her name today, along with a list of similar-looking names and I had a hunch she was a fake account. I noticed she (or someone using that name) created an account yesterday and tweeted the same message twice. In the message, she writes she snapped some pictures with a waterproof Canon camera and invites you to see the results.
The thing is, she’s not a real person and the website she wants you to visit isn’t a Canon site either.
I’ll explain that in a moment.
First, take a scroll through Bernadette’s latest tweets… along with those of her friends. Take special notice of their Twitter usernames (beginning with the @ symbol) and the ratio of following to followers. Also, see if you can count how many pictures of them are alike.
Seeing a trend yet?
Here are some more Twitter users who followed me yesterday, each with similar usernames and ratios and tweet content:
Notice how some of the Twitter biographical statements reference a website link about TweetAttacks?
Upon clicking the link, you get redirected to the Tweet Attacks website which may not sell anything scammy but the product is definitely not social, which is what Twitter is all about.
What do I mean? Here’s their video:
You’re welcome to purchase the Tweet Attacks program, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I’d rather receive an organic message from a company that is sincere in reaching out to me, not an automatic message from a program the company runs.
P.S. The Canon site that Bernadette and her friends reference in their bit.ly links? It points to an Amazon Associate-powered marketplace at http://www.canon-underwater.com/store/shop.php. There’s nothing faulty about the advertising in those tweets, but there’s clearly some deception going on, no?
I wonder if all of the above Twitter accounts are managed by the person who created the Twitter Attacks software.