Twitter scam hits fans' inboxes at CMA Fest - WSMV Channel 4

Twitter scam hits fans' inboxes at CMA Fest

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Social media is a huge part of the CMA Music Festival, with performances being discussed online and country artists interacting with their fans.

But many fans this year have reported receiving what appears to be spam messages when they post comments using CMA Fest-related hashtags on Twitter.

In fact, Channel 4 News reporter Josh Devine received one of these messages after he posted a CMA Fest tweet. The message is from an account titled CMA Giveaways and even has a CMA Fest logo as its profile picture.

The spam message tells fans to click on a link and enter a code for a prize, but the account has nothing to do with the official festival.

"We want to make sure our fans know if they are getting communication from us, and they signed up for it, they're going to be getting it from @countrymusic by Twitter. Or, if it's coming from your phone, it's going to be 66937 if you're receiving a text," said Wendy Pearl, with the Country Music Association.

Pearl said if you receive anything from another Twitter account or phone number, it's not coming from CMA.

Other than the Twitter spam, officials say there have not been any major problems so far this year.

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