Gift Card and Voucher Scams on Facebook

Gift Card and Voucher Scams on Facebook

There is scam going around where you are offered a £300 gift card from ASDA if you comment, like and share with your friends. Similar scams involving Pizza Hut, and Starbucks have also been going around Facebook too.

Once again, scammers are looking for people to share these scams and even enter personal information such as email addresses, etc which get sold on; these email addresses then receive lots of spam (junk) emails. Some of these spammers get commission be sending you to another site. According to the website Naked Security:

If you read the small print on the offers page it becomes clear that the so-called offer of ASDA vouchers have nothing to do with the supermarket at all, and is not officially endorsed. Furthermore, the small print reveals that they plan to share the personal information you share with them with other direct marketers who may use it to email you and send you junk mail in the post.

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/10/21/shop-for-free-at-asda-free-asda-gift-card-facebook-scam-spreads-rapidly/

A few things to do to avoid such scams:

  • Research into the companies who are supposedly offering this gift cards or vouchers, it would mention such as giveaway on their websites. If there is no mention of a giveaway then it will be a scam,
  • £300 gift card is a large amount to give away, it is too good to be true. The usual saying, “if it is too good to be true, it usually isn’t”,
  • Do not enter any personal information that is asked such as name, addresses and other details. These scammers pray on people who are vulnerable, especially during special times of the year where people are looking for expensive gifts, such as the festive season.

If you see this scam being shared by your friends or family, it will appear on your Facebook timeline. Send a warning to your friends to be more vigilant and report the scam to Facebook.

Read more on the website:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/

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