As smartphone users flock to social games like Draw Something to test their artistic skills and relive their Pictionary days of youth, scam artists have inevitably found a way to cash in on the game’s popularity.
MSNBC reported that the security company Sophos spotted more than 30 Twitter accounts with Draw Something scams that entice aspiring smartphone artists to answer online surveys for prizes and free gifts worth more than $500.
The tweets and other notifications lead scam victims to a drawsomethingwinner.com, which ultimately redirects you to sites that mine for your e-mail address and other personal information. Sadly, despite how stunning your Draw Something entries may be, you are not likely to win any prizes, even if you receive notifications that you have been chosen or that you are, indeed, a winner.
To protect your mobile security, SecurityNewsDailey reminds consumers to ignore online surveys, never accept prize offers, and be careful about clicking on suspicious links. For further protection, SecurityNewsDaily offers an online tutorial on how to set your smartphone social privacy settings.
-Elise Rambaud Marrion @emarrion_cmn