A new Facebook scam is underway that claims to give away a free NFL jersey’s to users on Facebook. The scam titled – Get A Free NFL Jersey!with a link that leads to a scam website.
Depending on the user’s location, the link opens two types of websites. For users in India, it opens a web page with an alert box that states – Congratulations! You are today’s 19th winner (current date). Please select a prize, enter your email address and enter your shipping information.
This scam is similar to the one that was reported earlier that offered Facebook users Free $100 Pizzahut Gift Card, which also points to the same website.
On the bottom-right, you will notice a timer, which indicates that you need to claim the offer within the provided time, else it will expire. In order to claim the prize, you need to enter your email address and shipping details, which will completely compromise your privacy.
Clicking on the Continuebutton will take you the respective coupon site, where you will be asked to enter your email id to create a new account.
However, for the rest of the world, the link leads to a different page that appears to be like this -
There are several questions that are asked on the site, which the user has to answer. After answering all the questions, the user is asked to enter all his personal information, completely exploiting the user’s privacy. Further ahead, the site might ask you to enter your credit card details or bank details. This is a scam message and there is no free jersey given to any users, so avoid it.
I suggest you to delete the post or report it as spamif you come across it. Alternatively you can report the scam to the Facebook Security team.
I hope you are aware of the changes that Facebook has done to the privacy and sharing settings. These changes are quite needful, giving complete control over your Facebook account.
Facebook has come up with a 14 page document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect their account from threats like malware and phishing attacks. It also includes tips on how users can avoid click-jacking and like-jacking scams.
I recommend you to go through the document which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can download a copy of it from the Facebook Security Page. You may also be interested in reading on How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked