Today my twitter identity was stolen just as the transiting Moon conjuncted my natal Vertex. I don’t have a great deal of experience using the Vertex in interpretation; the most I’ve ever gleaned that seems to pass the smell test is that this is a point of fatedness, that events in conjunction with the Vertex are in some way unavoidable. Obviously, as identity thefts go, this was minor, and anyone who knows me (or has been around longer than five minutes) will be unlikely to respond to the ‘making money’ message. What’s more interesting is how they got my info, as I’m usually very careful and wary of anything hinky. This morning an individual I trust sent me a direct message through twitter asking if the person in a video was me, and included a link. Possible phishing went through my mind, but knowing that someone had put a video link on the internet some time ago claiming it was me (supposedly giving a talk on Juno, I think it was), I felt compelled to check it out, as I didn’t want anyone to be led into a scam in my name–ha!–and I mistakenly assumed that the individual who (I thought) sent the DM had already seen it–in this case, that little voice that usually helps me avoid problems urged me forward–and maybe that’s in a small way what fate really is, something that the guardian voice pushes you toward, that you wouldn’t normally choose to do but which, for any number of far flung reasons, must be done.
The rest of the story is this: I clicked on the link, which seemed to take me to the twitter sign in board. I had a moment’s pause, as I’d already been on twitter this morning and thought I was still signed in, but, knowing that there are glitches (in both the system and my memory) I signed in–then when I wasn’t taken to the (now I realize, imaginary) video, I realized my mistake. The worst part was that I tried to re-set my password immediately (in a new screen, of course) but twitter’s ability to handle capacity is so touch and go that I soon gave up for a while–until I started getting told that I was spamming people–and one of the people who told me so apparently didn’t know that his DM had the same spam message attached!
So, my apologies to everyone who was inconvenienced by this. I am dismayed by the way twitter is overly hands-off on issues like this, with no easy way to notify administrators in a situation in any timely way. Recently one of my favorite twitter friends was rudely and abusively harassed using what I would describe as ‘hate language,’ and her frustration at the difficulty of notifying Twitter and trying to get them to take action was understandable, especially because no avenue existed where she could establish actual contact with anyone in charge. I’d like to say to Twitter: sometimes you’ve just got to have contact with the masses, no matter how unpleasant you believe it will be, if you want to keep them coming back; one too many experiences like this, and it won’t be seen as such fun, anymore.
Hi, I was just going to tell you about the spam but I guess you already know about it!
This is a very strange week…
Thanks, hitch–this has been a very strange week. And I do feel like an idiot–I know how irritating getting that kind of cr*p can be. Sorry–
Deirdre Tanton said:
Yeah, I got it too, and I thought there is no way this is from Julie. Plus I had gotten a Twitter spam a couple weeks ago from a Taurus Sun conjunct Saturn business woman who in her spam wanted to play a Mafia game with me and have me in her mafia family. I even knew this woman hated games and still I wondered about the Mafia game for a whole day until I asked her about it. She was livid! She had no Vertex aspected that day, but she did have transiting Moon conjunct N. Node at 29° Pisces and transiting Mercury conjunct Pluto. Regarding what outrageous spam is linked to which people, it is weird how much the spam meet the anti-essence of those involved.
Hi Deidre, and thank you for this–the transiting Moon was sextile my NN at the time this happened, and I have transiting Pluto square natal Mercury–so perhaps that’s the heart of it, a sort of dark, destructive communication. And thank you for saying that message was my anti-essence–made me feel better–at least it’s obvious it’s not me!
I got it, too. And I knew it wasn’t you. I went to Twitter to see what was going on and found a link to this post.
Hi Neeti, Unfortunately, everyone I’m connected to on Twitter got a fake DM–the hijackers aren’t able to do this through the regular open postings on Twitter, so I’m avoiding DMs from now on. I apologize–hope it didn’t cause you any problem–jd
Ha! got one too! I knew it was hokus-pocus though. Man, these spammers are something else!
Sorry! It’s like Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say, “It’s always something!”
Fortunately, I read your message before noting I had a DM. Don’t use that function much, so didn’t get drawn in.
My father had his Yahoo email acct hacked in much the same way. He responded to a fake message asking for his sign-in info. Then all 400+ people in his address book received one of those $$ solicitation emails purportedly from the UK. He never was able to find a phone # for Yahoo nor get back into his old account because the hackers changed the sign-in info. His only option was to set up a new email account on hotmail and start over!
For some reason all this feels like a downside of the Neptune-Uranus mutual reception – believable scams (Neptune) perpetuated via the internet (Uranus). Just musing . . . . 🙂
Hi Neith! Your Dad’s experience sounds infinitely worse–sorry to hear it happens at all, much less so often–I know at least three people who’ve had it happen with email, and wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it isn’t a special Neptune/ Uranus reception ‘gift’ (that’s in the German meaning of ‘gift,’ ‘poison’!) So glad you read first 🙂
Not at all, JD. And pity about the whole Twitter thing. It’s like theft, makes you feel violated. Sending love.
Thank you, Neeti!
Beth Turnage said:
Stupid spammers. And the message was so ridiculous, too.
Just to be safe I never enter password information into a linked page. If I see something interesting, I’ll call up the page directly.
So sorry to hear of your troubles. Modern life is just darn annoying sometimes!
Hi Beth! Normally I don’t enter anything into a linked page, either–hence the fate-y-ness. Luckily it turned out to be no biggie–and I agree, modern life is just so darn annoying, though I suspect that chasing those mammoths and dodging leprosy were no picnics, either!
And thanks for the link!
I got it, too, clicked on it and closed it immediately assuming it wasn’t really you.
Do I need to do anything at my end to make sure I’m not now involved in an ongoing spam?
Hi Donna, You shouldn’t have any problem if you didn’t click on the link. And if there is a problem, everyone on your Twitter list will let you know! FYI I haven’t gotten any spam from your account. For my part I’m not going to use DMs anymore, as this seems to be vulnerable in a way the regular post stream on T isn’t. Thanks for asking about this–I’m sure others have been wondering, too!