Play Mario Kart on Facebook – Facebook Scam
By on October 27th, 2011

A new scam is reportedly spreading on Facebook, which claims that you can play Mario Kart on Facebook for free. This is click-jacking and like-jacking scam, which also offers you to complete some online surveys.

The scam is titled Play Mario Kart on Facebook!and has the following description – “Play Mario Kart on Facebook with your Friends! Join the multiplayer mayhem NOW! Click here to play”. Please avoid clicking on the scam link, and DO NOT share the message on your Facebook Wall. It is also reported that the scam message has been spreading via private messages.

Play Mario Kart on Facebook - Facebook Scam

Play Mario Kart - Facebook Scam

Clicking on the scam link will take you to a bogus webpage which contains a link that urges you join the game by clicking on the “Play Now” button. Clicking the button link will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account, and will automatically posting the message and “like” it. Alongside, it also asks you to complete the following online surveys in order to continue playing the game -

Play Mario Kart - Survey Scam

Please DO NOT complete any surveys. All these are fake links and might result in downloading malware programs on you computer. These malware programs are designed to gather user information and user credentials like credit card numbers, which are then sent to the scammer. Scammers are paid money to generate traffic or get users to complete such online surveys.

Don’t be tricked by this scam which will definitely put you in a trap. Surprisingly, when I clicked on the link using a test account, I was thrown with a warning message by WebSense. This is very first time that  I’ve  noticed a warning message from WebSense. Facebook partnered with WebSense in order to warn users about unsafe links.

Facebook - WebSense Warning

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. 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.

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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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