$500 Costco Gift Card, $100 Gift Cards Facebook Scam

Last month, there was a big scam on where scammers were spreading a fake Costco gift certificate with the text "Get Costco Gift Card for FREE! (limited time only)". It looks like the scam has started to spread again using "$500 Costco Gift Card", "$100 Applebee’s Gift Card Giveaway", "$100 Subway Gift Card", "$1000 Walmart Gift Card", "$50 Walgreens Gift Card", "$50 Grocery Gift Card", "$100 MC Donald’s Gift Card" and "$100 KFC Gift Card" among others.

The scam in question is spreading using the above text while telling users that their explicit participation is required in order to claim the gift. Clicking on the link in the messages will take you to the fake Facebook fan pages (Costco fake fan page shown below) and ask you to participate in survey or click on additional links.

$500 Costco Gift Card Scam

You will be asked to complete a survey in order to see if you qualify for a gift card, this will take you to an external website. The website may not download any malware to your computer, but they will make money through the surveys you complete. Providing your personal information in the survey may lead to spam being sent through emails or paper mails.

If you did complete the surveys, don’t expect to get any gift cards fro Costco, McDonalds, KFC, Applebee’s, Grocery or Subway since the sole purpose of this was to make money for the scammers and not provide you with any gift cards.

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.

Also, 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.

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. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

OMG HOLLY SHIT VIDEO MUST SEE Facebook Scam

A new scam is spreading in with a vulgar picture and various different signatures. The wall messages for each of the scam messages are unique and different which will make it harder to track, but the base message of the scam is "OMG HOLLY SHIT VIDEO MUST SEE" followed by names of popular personalities.

The Facebook scam video is spreading with the following text and leads to different websites in different messages.

99% delle persone non è possibile guardare il video più di 25 secondi

[website]

Ti sfido a guardare questo

The scam message is spreading in various languages as well. The scam is similar to earlier scams which used videos as a way for people to click on the link. Earlier scams included some of the one’s listed below.

Clicking on the video link in the message will take users to a blogspot blog which is designed to look similar to Facebook. This trick was also recently used in the Top 10 Videos of 2012 Facebook spam.

holy_shit_video_scam

The website will then ask you to install a plugin on your browser. We WARN YOU NOT to install the plugin as it is a rogue ware and can allow the attacker to track your browsing habits and also send sensitive information back to them. Please keep away from the plugin and also inform your friends about it.

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.

Top 10 – Most Popular Videos, Top 10 – Best Videos 2012 Facebook Scam

After an earlier scam of Chuck Norris being dead at 71 video, scammers are now busy spreading a new scam with the signature Top 10 – Most Popular Videos and Top 10 – Best Videos 2010.

The Facebook scam is spreading with the text similar to:

TOP 10 – MOST POPULAR VIDEOS [link]

TOP 10 – MOST POPULAR VIDEOS

[website link]

The TOP 10 of most wanted videos by youtube users

And

TOP 10 – BEST VIDEOS 2012 [link] or TOP 10 – BEST VIDEOS 2011

TOP 10 – MOST POPULAR VIDEOS

[website link]

The TOP 10 of most wanted videos by youtube users

There are several websites which are used in this attack and clicking on the link might spread the link on your wall. When a user clicks on the link to see the Top 10 videos, they are taken to a websites called fb1.now.im or which looks and feels similar to Facebook as seen in the screenshot below.

Facebook Top 10 Video Scam

Clicking on any link on this page will take you to a page which looks similar to a Facebook video page and ask you to grant permission to a fake app. However, this will in turn grant permission to a rogue app and spread the spam on your timeline.

Fake Video Player Scam Facebook

Even the comments shown on the page are deceptive to look like that of Facebook itself. We are warning you not to click on the link or grant it any permissions whatsoever. This is definitely a very believable Facebook spam.

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.

[video] Chuck Norris dies at age 71! Not a Joke Facebook Scam

Chuck Norris is a legend, but it looks like scammers are hell bent on killing him using a new Facebook Scam. The new Facebook Spam is spreading rapidly with a message saying.

R.I.P chuck we ♥ u!

Chuck Norris dies at age 71! Not a Joke.

[website link]

See the video to find out how he died. News today of Chuck Norris death at age 71 has been met with confusion and humour, but sadly it is true.

The scam is also spreading with text like "RIP chuck! you gave us all a good laugh", "would any of you expect chuck to die like this?", "dont know if i should be sad or make a joke" and other text.

This scam is pretty similar to earlier scams like those where Bon Jovi was killed by spammers or the scam where Justin Bieber was stabbed outside a restaurant.

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.

Stop Posts from Showing in Facebook Ticker – Facebook Hoax

Facebook announced its new Timeline feature way back in September, and allowed Facebook Developers to experience the new profile layout. Timeline was then released worldwide starting from New Zealand.

Users on Facebook reported that they found the Timeline confusing and cluttered. However, this didn’t bother Facebook, since they’re quite confident that people will eventually get used to it.

While the appeal to disable the Facebook Timeline continues, a new hoax message has been reportedly spreading on the network, which claims to help users disable the Facebook Ticker and limit hackers from hacking your account. The following message has gone viral and is showing up on Newsfeeds everywhere:

“With the new FB timeline’ on its way this week for EVERYONE…please do both of us a favor: Hover over my name above. In a few seconds you’ll see a box that says Subscribed.Hover over that, then go to Comments and Likesand Gamesand un-click it. That will stop my posts and yours to me from showing up on the side bar(ticker) for everyone to see, but MOST IMPORTANTLY it LIMITS HACKERS from invading our profiles. If you re-post this I will do the same for you. You’ll know I’ve acknowledged you because if you tell me that you’ve done it I’ll like’ it. Thanks”

Stop Posts from Showing in Facebook Ticker - Facebook Hoax

The methods mentioned in the hoax message will not protect your Facebook account from hackers or improve your privacy. The best way to protect your information and other details on Facebook is by setting all of your privacy and sharing settings to ‘friends only.’ This way, whatever you share on Facebook will be limited to your friends only.

It is always good to verify messages like this before you re-post it on Facebook or elsewhere. If you’re not sure about the message, then the best thing to do is to ignore or delete it. Scammers create such fake messages in order to scare users, and trick them to re-post it.

We recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook called Guide To Facebook Security, 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. We have also compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.

Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the  latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Free Christmas Theme for All Facebook Users – Facebook Scam

A new scam on  Facebook  has been reportedly spreading on the social networking giant, Facebook. The scam titled Free Christmas Theme for Facebookhas a messages that reads Get Christmas Theme for FB on [link] <<—Free Christmas Theme for all FB users.

The scam is spreading in different versions. Another similar version of the scam has the following title Get All new Santa Claus theme for Christmas,followed by the same description.

Free Facebook Christmas Theme

This is a  spam message  that is spreading on Facebook. Do not share this with your friends. Clicking the scam will take you to a bogus page where a malware program will be automatically downloaded on your computer.

Clicking the link will take you to the Facebook Page where you are asked to click on the shortened URL to proceed further to claim your “Free Christmas Theme.” You will see the following page when it is loaded –

Free Christmas Theme for Facebook - Scam

You are asked to download and install a browser extension in order to activate the theme. Please DO NOT download the file as it is a rogue browser plugin. It is recommended that you only install those plugins from authors you trust. The plugin that you will be installing is designed to monitor your Internet activity. The program will log all your entries, including your username and password to various accounts. The gathered data will be sent to the author of the plugin, who could possibly misuse or hack your accounts.

We have already warned our readers about Christmas Related Offers and Scams on Facebook. We recommended you not to click on any messages (including those which are posted by your close friends) with any short URLs, or have the following keywords – limited Christmas offer, free Christmas theme, free coupons, and so on.

To understand how to identify and avoid Facebook scams, I recommended you to go through the articles written on Techie Buzz. They will definitely help you

We at Techie Buzz constantly  monitor  for any scam messages spreading on Facebook. Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams  and keep yourself updated with the  latest scams on Facebook.

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! – Facebook Scam

A new scam on Facebook is underway, which claims to show a video of Justin Bieber being stabbed by a fan. The scam has the title Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub!followed by a link and a description that reads OMG! NOOOO! Could YOU Even Imagine?!?

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

Please beware that this is a fake message that is being spread across the social network. When users click on the scam link, they are taken to a fake page, which appears like Facebook and contains a video player. Clicking on the play button will not load the video, but will ask you to share the video link with your friends on Facebook

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

However, after sharingthe post on your Facebook Wall, you will be provided with a set of online surveys, which you are asked to complete before you can watch the video. Please note that even after completing the surveys there is NO video shown. Please don’t waste your time in completing online surveys. Scammers generally create such scams to get users to complete online surveys.

The scam is just like previous Facebook scams where scammers spread messages like Miley Cyrus Sick Video. As always there is no such video about Justin Bieber being stabbed by any fan. In the past, we have reported similar scams related to Justin Bieber, like “OMG Can’t Believe Justine Beiber Did This To A Girl” and “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez New Kissing Video Leaked!!!

Sometimes it may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer. These files are programmed in a way to steal your personal and confidential information without your knowledge.

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.

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.

Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the  latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey – Facebook Scam

A new  scam  is underway on  Facebook  with the title – Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey! [link], tricking users to click on the link and take an online survey in order to receive a free gift card. The scam also asks users to share the message with their friends in order to qualify for the prize, and that’s how the scam is being spread on the social network.

Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey! - Facebook Scam

The scam message comes with a description that reads Get A Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card. By looking at the title of the scam message, we observe that you are asked to complete an online survey. Please be cautious that this is a scam and there is no such gift cards given away for free even after you have honestly completed the survey.

Clicking the scam link will take you to the following web page

Get A Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card - Facebook Scam

There are questions which you are asked to answer. After you have answered the questions, you will be redirected to another web page where you will be asked to answer another set of online surveys.

Please don’t get tricked by the web page and DO NOT complete any surveys. In the online survey you will be asked to answer a set of questions, after which you need to enter your personal information as well as financial details like credit card number or bank account number. Entering these details will pose serious threats to your accounts, so please avoid entering your credentials.

Sometimes it may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer. These files are programmed in a way to steal your personal and confidential information without your knowledge.

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.

Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the  latest scams spreading on Facebook.

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Play Mario Kart on Facebook – Facebook Scam

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.

Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the  latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts the Baby from Her Dead Body – Facebook Scam

Yet another scam is spreading on Facebook and this time it promises users to show a video of a woman brutally killing a pregnant lady.

The scam titled – “Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend” has been spreading for hours on Facebook. There’s no video shown in the website link provided in the message.

Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend - Facebook Scam

Clicking the URL will take you to a fake page where you are asked to verify your age by clicking the “I Agree” button. However, the button is not used to verify your age, but to “share” the scam message on your Facebook wall. From the screenshot below, you can notice the line – “By clicking Share link you certify that you are 18 years old and that you do not violate the Terms of Service.” This clearly indicates that the scammer’s intention is to spread the scam message and spam the entire social network. However, after you have shared the video, you will be asked to complete a set of surveys, but there is NO video shown.

Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend - Facebook Scam

Please do not “share” the scam message across your wall. There is no video shown even after the message has been shared. Instead you will be redirected to another fake page or asked to complete a set of online surveys. Scammers’ usually create such scams to generate traffic to their fake websites.

Please beware that the website you are visiting might silently download malicious programs without your knowledge. These malware programs are designed to gather user information including email ids, user names, passwords and credit card details.

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.

Here is an article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from 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.