FREE $500.00 Victoria Secret Gift Card!!

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Facebook Scams | Facebook Rewards Scam

Date Added:

31 Dec 2011

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Victorias Secret is currently giving away gift cards to all facebook users!!

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Typical rewards scam using a Victoria Secrent gift card as bait.

Rewards scams are one of the most prolific trending scams that circulate Facebook with hundreds of variants being spread every day. Rewards scams are simply scams that involve a scammer tricking a Facebook user into joining a rewards/affiliate program and parting with much of their personal information. Rewards scams will also involve tricking a Facebook user into helping the scam circulate across Facebook by sharing it with their Facebook contacts.

Rewards scams exist because scammers get paid every time they get a Facebook user to complete a survey or join a rewards program – they are paid by the companies who own the rewards programs. Those companies are willing to pay scammers every time they get someone to complete a survey, meaning scammers will use deceptive techniques and schemes to get Facebook users to join such programs. On Facebook, this usually means promising a Facebook user a reward, bonus, prize or feature – which typically does not exist. However the Facebook user does not realise this until they have joined the rewards program and parted with their personal information, and by then it is too late and the scammer has made their money.

Rewards scams circulate via shared messages across Facebook that contain links to external websites or Facebook pages. A typical message can be seen below promising a free Walmart gift card. Upon clicking the message the user is directed to a website that hosts the scam. The Facebook user is prompted to share the site, which results in them sharing the site by posting the same message onto the newsfeeds of that users Facebook contacts, thus baiting them with the same scam. (Also note that different variants of rewards scams may use different tactics of getting users to share sites, such as through clickjacking, tricking the user into pasting Javascript code into the address bar, disguising the Share box with the word Jaa or even through rogue Facebook applications.)

When this is done the user is then instructed to complete the survey or join the rewards program which will mean parting with much of their personal information and inevitably getting spammed. The following screenshot shows a typical window requesting a victim complete a survey. Often these windows will justify their presence by claiming they are there to 'prove you are human', or they are 'anti SPAM measures' or to 'verify your age'.

If you have fallen for a rewards scam, firstly you need to clean up your Facebook profile, because you have shared a rewards scam website which is appearing in the newsfeed of your Facebook friends. To stop that, you need to delete the shared post. Go to your Facebook and locate the offending post. Hover the mouse cursor over the post and an icon with a down arrow will appear in the top right of the post. Click that and click Delete Post (see image below)

This will stop the post being shared with your friends, though take note that some Facebook friends may have already seen it before you had a chance to delete it.

Also worth noting is that rewards scams are NOT viruses or hackers. If your Facebook account has started posting links to rewards scams, it means that you have shared a website with your Facebook friends, be it through any of the methods we mentioned above. It doesn’t mean your account has been hacked or you have a virus.

Occasionally rewards scams or similar schemes request you download files to your computer. If you have downloaded anything or suspect that you may have, it is important to perform a full system scan of your computer to check for any threats with up-to-date, reliable antivirus software.. If you are not sure you have up-to-date antivirus software installed or are looking to upgrade, we are currently recommending AVG Internet 2012 which is one of the most reputable antivirus on the market.

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You can read our article on survey scams here.

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