I just received this in my email and am not certain what's going on:
Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We've reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.
You'll need to create a new password for your Twitter account. You can select a new password at this link:
https://twitter.com/account/password_re … 58895-user
As always, you can also request a new password from our password-resend page: https://twitter.com/account/resend_password
Please don't reuse your old password and be sure to choose a strong password (such as one with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols).
In general, be sure to:
Always check that your browser's address bar is on a https://twitter.com website before entering your password. Phishing sites often look just like Twitter, so check the URL before entering your login information!
Avoid using websites or services that promise to get you lots of followers. These sites have been known to send spam updates and damage user accounts.
Review your approved connections on your Applications page at https://twitter.com/settings/applications. If you see any applications that you don't recognize, click the Revoke Access button.
For more information, visit our help page for hacked or compromised accounts.
The Twitter Team"
Since I am relatively new to computers-but have learned a bit, since my old email was phished a couple of months ago-I'm not sure about this message. Does Twitter send out emails of this nature, or do they not? Some sites NEVER do such things.
Contact Twitter directly and find out. I've received several fake emails from senders claiming to be Ebay and Paypal, so be careful.
No legitimate site will ask you to do this. Anytime you get this type of email, it is a phishing attempt.
It looks like a phishing ploy but it also looks legit.
Have you tried accessing twitter with your old password? If you can't get access it might be a genuine email.
I still wouldn't click on an unsolicited email link as a matter of principle. If you want to reset the password use the links on twitter itself.
Thanks for all the advice-esp. so quickly!
habee, you have received these sorts of things, too? Hmm. I will be careful, and contact them as you suggest.
Will, I am just about to try to access the account with the old pw. And I don't intend to click on the link-I sure learned the hard way when I was phished! Thanks for chiming in, it's most appreciated!
relache, the 'headers'? Do you mean the URL? If so, what do I look for?
PS: LOVE the purple hair-it looks fabulous!!!!
The main clue that it IS a phishing attempt is the fact that they give you a link in the email to automatically change your password. No legit site actually does that.
A legit email from a reputable site will always tell you to go to the main site, login securely from there and then make any account changes.
I had one like this awhile back. From memory I just went on Twitter, asked for a password reset and used THAT link.
Just wondering, have you checked the email it was sent from? Did it look suspicious?
I just got into Twitter per usual and changed the pw. Easy as proverbial pie. Thanks, all!
That is good news Lorlie! I am not sure about Twitter, but with PayPal and other companies, you can forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. You would replace "paypal" with which ever company it may concern. Usually you will get a confirmation that it was indeed a phishing attempt.
Yep, I've had emails like these claiming to be from Paypal, definitely a scam. Just delete it.
Hi lorlie, because I have my email displayed on my hypnotherapy website I get this type of email every day, claiming to be from a bank, paypal, twitter etc, etc.
As Will says it is never a good idea to click a link directly from an email, but to always go directly to the site.
It's also a good idea to change all your passwords regularly, and with some things like Hotmail there is an option to force you to reset your password every 72 days
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