A new scam has surfaced on Twitter that targets Draw Something players. Setting its sites on people who have tweeted about the game, the scam sends the tweeter a message claiming that he or she has won a prize.
A URL on the message sends “recipients” 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.”
OMGPOP, the creators of the game, have issued a statement indicating they have nothing to do with the promotion and encouraging users to not click on the link if they receive one of 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
Scammers are likely playing off the recent popularity of the pictionary-style game. OMGPOP launched Draw Something in early February. Since its launch the game has been downloaded more than 35 million times, leading Zynga to acquire the company earlier this month for close to $200 million.
Similar scams on Twitter target people who tweet phrases such as iPhone and iPad.
Have any of you received a message from a fake “Draw Something” account on Twitter? Tell us about your experience in the comments.