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Twishing is a scam gaining popularity along with the popularity of Twitter. In twishing attempts, “tweets” are sent through Twitter with a link to a page that resembles Twitter asking the victim to input personal information to proceed.
The nature of Twitter as an informal communication medium and the restriction to 140 characters per message complicates detection of phishing scams. Where typos and seldom-used abbreviations were tell-tale signs of a phishing scam in emails, the character limitation of Twitter makes typos and frequent abbreviations a common practice.