Yet another scam that is spreading on Facebook. This time the scam claims to giveaway an Apple iPad for free. The scam reads – ”WOW! [your-name], the site is messing up right now and giving out Ipads free!!! @ http://apps.facebook.com/ipadauctionoff/?mnwkezbn I got mine yesterday hurry while it lasts”
This scam is a type of clickjacking where the scam message will be automatically ”liked” and posted on your Facebook wall.
Once you’ve clicked on the link, you’ll be taken to a page that is shown below.
Facebook scams take advantage of users curiosity and post messages with keywords like “free iPad”, “wardrobe malfunction”, “committed suicide“, “exposing breasts” and so on. Users fall for this trap and become victims of clickjacking and likejacking on Facebook which will ask users to complete a survey and lead them to a scam website.
This is done in order to drive traffic to scam websites or to earn money. For every survey completed, the scammer earns some money as commission. It is always advised that you avoid such scams messages that contains keywords/phrases that makes you curious.
It is recommended that you if you see such scam, report it to Facebook by contacting Facebook Security and make sure that you have removed/deleted such scam messages from your Facebook wall.
Here’s an article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also complied a list of Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.