A new Twitter scam sets sight on Draw Something players. Scammers are likely working on the recent popularity of the pictionary-style game. Draw Something launched by OMGPOP in early February. Since its launch the game has been downloaded over 35 million times, leading Zynga to acquire the company earlier this month for around $180 million.
Targeting people who have tweeted about the game, the scam sends a message claiming that the tweeter has won a prize. A Link in the message sends tweeter to drawsomethingwinner.com where they are asked to answer a few questions in exchange for the award. The spam campaign was uncovered Thursday by Sophos, who noted on its blog “Your chances of ever receiving a prize are remote — chances are that you will either end up handing over personal information, or will be helping the original scammer earn commission.”
The Twitter account, which is not affiliated with OMGPop, claims it is giving away 5000 prizes to “lucky” Draw Something fans, and that players can claim their award by visiting a newly-created website called drawsomethingwinner.com.
If you visit the site you are asked a few simple questions, before being told that you are eligible to receive an award.
What you will discover, however, is that you are taken to an all-too-familiar survey scam. Your chances of ever receiving a prize are remote – chances are that you will either end up handing over personal information, or will be helping the original scammer earn commission.
OMGPOP, have issued a statement confirming that they have nothing to do with this scam and warn users to not click on the link in the messages.
Heads up everyone! There are some fake Draw Something accounts claiming to give away prizes, they are fake, please be careful! Please RT!
— omgpop (@omgpop) March 29, 2012