Guess what? Scammers are very excited about Christmas, and they have already begun their celebrations. A new scam that is spreading like wildfire on Facebook claims to offer users on Facebook a free £500 Argos gift card to British shoppers for Christmas. Well, I don’t really have to mention this, but it’s a fake message and there’s no gift cards given away for free.
The scam is quite similar to the ones which we have already come across earlier. It is titled – “Free £500 Argos gift cards for Christmas” has a message that states – “As it’s coming up to Christmas we have decided to give away 250 £500 Argos gift cards” which claims to give free gift cards to Facebook users just by sharing the page. The site indicates that there are only 86 gift cards remaining, and in order to avail one, you need to share the page with your friends and add a comment.
The scam is also spreading with the following title – ”Shop For FREE at Argos – FREE Argos Gift Card” and with a message – “To celebrate our birthday, we are giving away thousands of Gift Vouchers FREE – [link]”
However, there is no gift card given even after sharing the page and adding a comment. This is simply a waste of time. We also notice that there are more than 38,000 users who were tricked into sharing the page, and the number is increasing rapidly.
After sharing and adding a comment, users are redirected to another fake website, and are asked to fill out their personal information. You need to beware that whenever a user is tricked to enter an online form, scammers are paid a certain amount as commission. On the other hand, your personal information could be misused by selling it to third-party organizations.
It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.
You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.