Christmas is just around the corner and so are some great offers and deals online, however, beware of scams and fake offers spreading on the Web that could cheat you. Facebook is one of the main sites that many scammers target and try to fool people by posting fake offers and promotions.
We have recently discovered that there is a scam message that is spreading on the social networking giant where users are “liking” and sharing it their friends in order to get a “free” gift card. The new Christmas scam message is spreading with the following message and image –
“Hey friends, I got a $1000 free Christmas Gift Card from WALMART! Get it right away! [LINK]”
If you ever come across this on your Facebook Timeline, please avoid clicking on the link. If you do so, you will be taken to a bogus webpage where you will be asked to perform certain steps in order to get the free gift card. However, even after you complete all the steps, you will NOT win any gift cards for free.
The scam message is designed to collect your personal information, which will be then accessed by the creators of the scam message. There are possibilities that your Facebook account could also be hacked, or you might end up sharing your important credentials by falling for the trap.
This is a tag-jacking scam message, which will automatically tag random friends from your friends list, which in turn your friends might think that they have been genuinely tagged by you and eventually fall for the trap. If you find any such messages on your Timeline, report it as spam immediately. Also, don’t forget to inform your friends about it.
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.