Facebook’s anti-spam computer algorithm might have a way to tackle scam messages, but that doesn’t stop scammers from creating new scams and spreading them across the network. A new bogus offer is now underway, which offers users a “Free $100 Pizza Hut Gift Card” upon completing a set of surveys.
The message contains a link, www.FreePiesOn.us that leads to bogus webpage, which displays an alert box with a message in Hindi that states – “Congratulations! You are today’s 19th winner (current date). Please select a prize, enter your email address and enter your shipping information”
Entering into the site will display the following page:
There isn’t any relation between the title of the scam and the website that you are taken to. The title says that you will receive a $100 gift card from Pizza Hut, but you are taken to a site that contains affiliate links to coupon sites like SnapDeal and MyDala. The site also has a flashing title that states – “You are the winner of today”
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. Sometimes, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to purchase reward surveys by entering your credit card details.
If you come across messages like this, then please avoid clicking on them. Scammers create such scam messages to make money by tricking users to enter username, password and credit card number. I suggest you to remove the scam from your news feed by clicking on the Xmark on the top-right corner of the post. Alternatively you can report the scam to the Facebook Security team.
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.