A new scam on Facebook has been reportedly spreading on the users’ Wall. The scam titled – “One Free Amazon.com Gift Card (limited time only)” has a messages that reads – “Amazon is currently giving away gift cards to all Facebook users. Click here to get one!”
There is no such free gift card given away by Amazon, so please avoid clicking on the link provided in the message. Clicking the link will take you to a fake web page, which uses Amazon’s logo to fool users. It also indicates the number of “free cards” remaining, which is also a fake.
You are asked to “share” the link with your friends on Facebook and also “like” it. After having completed the steps mentioned, you will be redirected to another web page where you are asked to enter your email address. It is recommended that you DO NOT provide your email address or any other details for that matter.
Scammers trick users by asking them to enter their details through bogus offers like this. After submitting the details, you will be presented with a set of online surveys. However, you will not receive any free gift card from Amazon. Scammers collect personal and financial data from users in order to sell them to third-party clients, and generate some revenue. Sometimes your details might be used by scammers/hackers to compromise your accounts.
A similar scam that we recently reported was the Get Costco Gift Card for FREE! (limited time only).Make sure you avoid such scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.
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.
Please note that scams like this use multiple domain and different web pages. You may see variations in the landing pages, but they are all the same.
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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.