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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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Fake “Unsealed” Product Giveaways on Facebook

Fake “Unsealed” Product Giveaways on Facebook

There is a rising trend of fake pages offering phony giveaways appearing on Facebook. These pretend giveaways are quite enticing by using expensive gadgets such as iPhones, iPads, etc. Facebook pages are easy and quick to create, most are genuine however there are a growing number of scam pages. Here are a few ways to spot the scams:

  • Anything that offers expensive high-end gadgets for free, usually if you ‘like’ and ‘share’ the page,
  • Words such as ‘unsealed’ usually appear in the fake promotion of the giveaway,
  • The scams often involve large amounts of the same gadget such as 300 boxes of iPhone 5s and other gadgets,
  • It often asks you to ‘share’ and like a ‘photo’ of the gadget. This then appears on your timeline in Facebook where your friends can then see it and also ‘share’ and ‘like’ it, then their friends ‘share’ and ‘like’ it. The amount of ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ grows exponentially as the fake promotion propagates its way through Facebook.

If you come across any scams like these, report them to Facebook; if many people report the same scam, they may end up being removed.

Why do they do it?

According to the website ‘wafflesatnoon.com’:

The biggest question is why someone would bother running a fake promotion, especially if they aren’t even linking to a website of any kind. From our research, we have found that the most likely reason such fake promotions are created is to simply build up a Facebook page with massive amounts of likes. These pages are then sold, renamed, and all traces of their fake promotions are deleted.

http://wafflesatnoon.com/2013/03/08/alert-fake-unsealed-product-giveaways-on-facebook/

So in other words, it is a way of making money. A page with lots of likes can be sold, renamed and promoted as something else; the likes from the scam remain intact, making the page appear popular. Someone gains profit from selling the page containing all of these ‘likes’ and profits can also be gained via people selling from a ‘popular’ looking Facebook page.

How do I spot a real competition?

  • They are offered by genuine companies,
  • A real competition will have terms and conditions, which are found on the company’s website,
  • The company should provide a link to its website,
  • Some competitions may offer high-end prizes, but they are often given away in small numbers to a select few.

So just to warn you to look out for these scams as they becoming quite common throughout Facebook.

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