A new scam message has been circulating around the social networking site Facebook calming to giveaway a pair of Oakley’s sunglasses for free to users who “like” and share the message post with their friends. There is no such offer giveaway by Oakley’s and the message spreading is simply a fake that scammers have created in order to obtain user information.
The message spreading is as follows -
Get a Free Pair of Oakleys! (limited time only)!
Current Limited Offer – To Celebrate the Summer, We are Giving Away Free Oakleys To All Facebook Users!
This is bogus offer that scammers have created. Clicking on the scam link will take you a page where you will notice a countdown indicating the number of gifts remaining. However, this is simply a fake counter. You are asked to share and “like” the message on Facebook. Once done, you are redirected to another bogus page where you are asked to fill out a form with your gender, stye and email address.
Providing your email address on such sites is not a good idea, since the scammers may send you spam messages, or even sell it to third-party organizations, who in turn will spam you no matter what.
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.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been a main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed.