Aug 29 AT 3:35 PM Dustin Earley 7 Comments

Verizon outs DroidBionic Twitter account as fake


A fake Droid Bionic Twitter account? You don’t say. When there’s a lot of hype surrounding a product, there’s a lot of people who want to get in on the marketing action. Whether it’s for page views or to hijack an email address or two, folks just love creating fake official accounts.

In the past month alone, two prime examples of faux official accounts have reared their ugly heads online. The first was a Twitter account that claimed to be the official account of the Droid Bionic. Using the name MDB228, whoever owns the account tried their hand at Motorola’s Android-overlord style marketing. While there are some aspects of the account that make you think it could be real, far too much just screams lies. The only reason any confusion still exists around the account is because no one has confirmed–or denied–its authenticity.

Then there’s the fake Nexus Prime website with the Google Nexus 4 URL. Nothing about that site seems even remotely professional. Not only are the graphics and layout terrible, but the information is all ripped straight from other blogs. (With, of course, no citations whatsoever). No one has come out to confirm the site as a fake, and they really don’t need to.

The latest phony account to pop up on the web is a Twitter account with the name DroidBionic. In comparison to the MDB228 account, the colors are right this time, the avatar is of much better quality and the name is right on the money. There are, however, two signs that should make anyone question whether or not the account is real. First off, the account lacks a verified seal. If you check the DroidLanding and Verizon Twitter accounts, that seal is there. Second? Typos. We all make mistakes, but a PR company should not. And if they do, they should be swiftly corrected. So is it real? Despite the lack of a verified seal and the occasional error? No. Verizon and Motorola have both released statements saying the account is a fake. It doesn’t get anymore official than that.

So what should you take away from all this? Be careful where you get your tech information, and always be cautious when giving out your information. If it looks a little off and you think it might be a fake, then it probably is. Keep Admiral Ackbar’s words of wisdom in mind, “It’s a trap!”

Source: PCMag

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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