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A Bunch Of People Say They Got Spam Messages On GroupMe Hawking A Diet Pill Or Asking For Bitcoin

People took to Twitter to apologize to their contacts for the messages and advise against clicking on the links. Microsoft said the app's security wasn't compromised.

Last updated on January 8, 2018, at 5:01 p.m. ET

Posted on January 3, 2018, at 5:04 p.m. ET

Users of GroupMe on Wednesday reported getting spam messages promoting diet pills or asking for Bitcoin.

This reporter got a message that read, "Hey Blake! Happy New Year!" and included a mysterious link followed by "(christmas tree)," from someone who hadn't made contact in several years.

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GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, allows people to create and manage group chats on smartphones. Details about the nature or size of any potential breach remain unclear, but the app has millions of users.

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement, “Some GroupMe customers reported that their accounts were being used to send spam mails. We looked into this and determined that the security of the GroupMe service wasn’t affected.”

The link led to a post titled "Weight Loss Pill That Naturally Burns Fat Gets Biggest Deal In Shark Tank History" on

Google has flagged the site as a possible scam. Upon trying to access on a desktop browser, Google Chrome warns that there is a "deceptive site ahead: Attackers on may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information."

The diet4weightloss page claims sisters Anna and Samantha Williams won investment for their company, CLA Safflower Oil, on Shark Tank. It links numerous times to "an exclusive CLA Safflower oil offer!" The same post appears on ABC, which broadcasts Shark Tank, did not immediately respond to questions about the claims.

However, the UK Mirror reported that these two women are actually Shelly Hyde and Kara Haught, who went on Shark Tank to pitch their women's swimwear business. According to the Mirror, the two are aware their pictures are being improperly used to hawk other products.

Other sites have documented a scam that uses the same images and story formula as the one linked to in the GroupMe message. Other sites substitute beauty products or other health supplements for CLA Safflower Oil, or say the sisters won Dragon's Den, a British Shark Tank–style show.

Meanwhile, people are complaining on Twitter and apologizing to their contacts for the messages.

Attn: my GroupMe was hacked and is sending everyone messages about weight loss pills. Chill out, guys I don’t think you’re fat.

Starting out 2018 by my GroupMe sending out spam to all of my contacts, hahahahhaha 🙃

sorry to everyone in my contacts who has a groupme. mine got hacked and synced my contacts and sent everybody a mes…

Other people on Twitter said that they received GroupMe DMs asking for Bitcoin.

Soooo someone is hacking GroupMe now posing as your contacts asking for you to send them bitcoin!

Someone DMd me on Groupme asking for BitCoin and I’m hoping they were hacked.

Not sure if this is allowable discussion, but today I received two groupme messages from random acquaintances one r…

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