Free Christmas Gift Card from Walmart Facebook Spam

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]”

Free Christmas Gift Card from Walmart

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.

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Spam Wave hits Dropbox Users

Posts of frustrated users are pouring in at the Dropbox forum about receiving spams at email accounts connected to Dropbox.  Posts such as the following have been coming in since yesterday.

since today, I receive spam from [website link clipped] to an email address, that is in use at dropbox only ([email protected]).

So I guess you have a security problem with your useraccount data. And this sucks a lot.

Although it is possible for spamming software to randomly select email addresses to send spams, the number of affected users indicates some kind of breach on Dropbox’s side.

The initial reply from the Dropbox support was as follows,

Generally, it is possible that these email addresses got released to the general population when you either shared a folder or sent a referral invite. When you send these to other people, your email is attached in the reply-to field and it is possible that a compromised referral could have gotten their address book stolen by spammers. This is the most likely scenario.

But, apparently, users who haven’t used the referral system have also been receiving spams. This spam wave might be a result of a compromise of Dropbox’s mail server, but we can’t be certain of it yet. Last year, a security glitch had allowed anyone to login to any Dropbox account with an incorrect password.

We have contacted Dropbox to know more about the situation, but haven’t heard from them yet.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Dropbox has sent us the following statement.

We‘re aware that some Dropbox users have been receiving spam to email addresses associated with their Dropbox accounts. Our top priority is investigating this issue thoroughly and updating you as soon as we can. We know it’s frustrating not to get an update with more details sooner, but please bear with us as our investigation continues.

You Will Hate Nicki Minaj After Watching This Video Here – Facebook Scam

Yet again the Nicki Minaj scam on Facebook has started to appear after it was reported to be spreading on the social networking site back in May. However, this time the scam is spreading with a picture along with a link that leads to a bogus web page.

The scam is spreading with the following message and picture:

You Will Hate Nicki Minaj - Facebook Scam

You Will HATE Nicki Minaj After Watching This Video Here —> [link]

This is the third time that scammers are spreading hoax messages and sex tape related to Nicki Minaj. Earlier they had targeted the same celebrity in the scam “Nicki Minaj Sex Tape – Exclusive!!!” and “Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape (LEAKED Tape),” and are now doing it again with another fake message.

Clicking the link provided in the message will automatically download a malware program on your PC. Not just that, this will also lead to Facebook click-jack and like-jack in which your Facebook account will automatically “like” and “share” the same message with your friends.

It is highly 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 Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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

“Like” and “Share” to See Magic Trick – Facebook Spam

Facebook is one of the best platforms to share anything that is interesting and catchy. However, there are several users on Facebook who fail to drive attention and would want to get more users to “like” their Facebook page, or their work. Such users create a challenging task and ask users to “like” or “share” their pages in order to see something interesting, or in this case a magic trick.

Quite recently, there have been a lot of blurred images spreading over Facebook with a message at the bottom stating, “First Like, then Share, and then see the magic.” For instance, here’s an blurred image of Mickey Mouse that is spreading with the message:

Like and Share to See Magic

The above image was shared by popular cricket star Virat Kohli on his Timeline, and has also tagged over 50 people in it. Believing the star, many of his fans “liked” and “shared” the same image in order to see the Facebook magic trick, and for obvious reasons, the so called “trick” didn’t work.

Similarly, there are many such blurred images that are spreading, asking users to “like” a Facebook page in order to see the magic trick work. After having “liked” and “shared” the image, or the link to the Facebook fan page, users have realized that nothing happens and there is no “magic.” They have also acknowledged that it doesn’t work by adding their comments.

Needless to say, users need to understand that there is no such magic, even if they “like” a fan page, or “share” it with their friends. The creators of such messages are simply trying to increase the number of “likes” for their Facebook pages. It’s not only pointless to spread this message, but you’re also making a fool of yourself by sharing such messages with your friends.

I recommend that you avoid sharing messages like the one showed above and avoid spamming your friends’ news feed. Also, make sure you tell your friends about it by sharing this post with them. We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Facebook, Google & Twitter Unify To Combat “Spam”

In the digital world, people are consuming media in a totally new fashion. New patterns emerge where substantial data is gathered to analyze media consumption. The results obtained from such data serve as a tool to understand what type of content people consume, like and share. In order to keep providing content as such, it is imperative to provide exceptional user experience. Companies have understood this and aim to not only maintain the rate of media consumption but increment for increased traffic, revenues and most importantly, a larger volume of consumers. Media companies are constantly challenged to come up with innovative methods to capture the eye-balls of media consumers and are investing heavily in research to understand the essential ingredients that make up an exceptional user experience. To add to the challenge, companies have been battling spam and malicious advertising which has been a major obstacle to this feat. This time around, big names such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, AOL and IAB have joined hands to combat spam once and for all.

Facebook, Google, Twitter Combine Forces

Captioned under the Ads Integrity Alliance, the initiative was launched a week ago under the StopBadWare organization. The objective is to mitigate malicious ads and contribute to better practices, better service. According to Maxim Weinstein, the Executive Director of the organization, no single player can attempt to fight this cause of its own which is why they are unifying the big players in the industry to fight this problem together.

Google’s Public Policy Manager, Eric Davis affirmed that the Ads Integrity Alliance will serve as a platform where companies can work together to protect users from malicious ads. He further added if the user feels deceived, the entire web’s reputation is on stake.

American Rapper Vanilla Ice Responds to Death Hoax Spreading on Facebook

A new hoax message about Vanilla Ice being killed in a car crash is spreading across social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Messages circulating about his death are not true, as Robert Matthew Van Winkle a.k.a Vanilla Ice has confirmed in a tweet that he is alive, and the message spreading is a fake.

According to rumors, here’s how Vanilla Ice died:

Vanilla Ice died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 17, 2012.

A version of the hoax spreading on Facebook has the title “Vanilla Ice Dies in Car Crash” along with a link to a website –

Vanilla Ice dies in car crash - Hoax

Clicking the link will lead you to a site where you’ll find the fake article containing the news about the death of the American rapper.

However, Vanilla Ice was quite surprised to learn about the “car crash” message, and spanked down the rumors that are spreading on Facebook and Twitter by sending out a tweet to his followers –

Vanilla Ice Tweet

Hoax messages like the one above (about the death of celebrity stars) isn’t something new. There have been several such hoax messages reportedly spreading and spamming the social networks. Some of which includes, Keanu Reeves Dies in Snowboard Accident, and International Rockstar Legend Jon Bon Jovi Dead at 49.

It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Image credits: facecrooks.com

CNBC.Com Spoof Twitter Spam on The Rise

Of late, Twitter users are being  bombarded with tons of direct messages which contain links to a spoof CNBC website that shows you how to make tons of money while sitting at home. While these types of spam messages are not new and have been circulated in the past (See: Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year?), the number of DMs these days are hitting the roof.

CNBC.com Twitter DM Spam

The spam is being circulating in various forms and includes messages (accompanied with a spoof CNBC.com link) like:

Hey, Be your own boss man!

Hey, Why be bitched around, turn the tables on em!

Hey, Change your life, TODAY!

Hey, Why bother doing somebody elses dirty work?

Hey, This is how you make REAL money!

Though these spam messages are not as bad as the bad rumors about you and terrible things about you phishing attacks, they are annoying as hell. The links are created by some work-from-home scammers who want to rip you off and make money themselves.

The link in the message usually takes you to a website which looks very similar to CNBC.com and contain fictitious headlines like “New York Mom Earns $6,795/Month Part-Time”. The website also goes on to detail their online business in the rest of the content and how they are making tons of money accompanied with some fake screenshots of Google AdSense and other money-making websites.

While it is easy to fall prey to because the the website is designed to look like CNBC (and many times other popular news outlets), as a user, you should always look at the URL to see what the domain is.  For example, CNBC.com should always end in CNBC.com followed by any additional parameters and not CNBC.com-scammerdomain.info as in this case.

It is apparent that the users themselves are not sending these messages. So, it might be that users’ accounts are being compromised using other phishing attacks or Twitter apps. As a precaution, change your Twitter password immediately if such messages were sent from your account and also revoke app permissions on Twitter.

Work from Home scams have been going around for years now, but the barrage of spam hitting both Twitter and Facebook is very high. It is high time that both these social networking websites up their ante and start protecting their users from spammers and scammers.

 

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets (Limited Time Only) Facebook Scam

In the past, we reported the free Southwest Airline Ticket message spreading on Facebook, where users were promised with two free tickets from the airlines, however, that turned out to be a fake message created by scammers. Today we noticed a similar scam that has been spreading across the social networking giant Facebook.

The new Facebook cam is spreading with the following message:

2 FREE JetBlue Airline Tickets! (limited time only)

JetBlue Airline is giving away 2 FREE Tickets to all Facebook users!

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets

Please beware that there are no free tickers given away by JetBlue Airways. Scammers have created this message and are taking advantage of Facebook’s 850 million user base in order to spread it. The scam in itself is not dangerous, but it might become if lot of people share them.

Clicking on the scam link message, will take you to a page that is designed to look like a Facebook Page. You are asked to post the same message on your profile and click on the “like” button in order to get two free tickets. However, once you have completed the steps, you will be redirected to another bogus page where you may be asked to download a file, which is a malware program, or take up online surveys.

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets

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. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed.

We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year? Twitter Spam

We deal with a lot of spam on a day to basis; in email and social networking sites as well. In social networking sites, has usually been the leader in scams but has not been far behind as well.

start_internet_biz_twitter_scam

For the past couple of months quite a few scams have been spreading on Twitter including ones where people were sent DMs with messages like Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You and You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things. While both of those were actually phishing attacks, a new spam message is currently spreading on Twitter with the message:

want to start a real internet biz this year? you must check this out [link redacted]

The link in question leads users to a fake website which talks about making money. Such kind of websites are dime a dozen and we have reported about them in the past. For example, the Work from home scam.

Ironically the website in question opens their fake or what they call "loosely based on truth" article with the question "Are Work at Home Programs a Scam?".  They even have a disclaimer at the bottom (do read it) which says:

I UNDERSTAND THIS WEBSITE IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE ACHIEVABLE FROM USING THIS/THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT THE STORY DEPICTED ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY.

It is not really clear as to how these messages are being spread on Twitter right now because the website in question does not have an option or link to share it on Twitter. If the message was shared without your knowledge please make sure to change your Twitter password immediately.

As far as making quick money online, I would suggest that you avoid all such claims that tell you about making thousands of dollars on the Internet. Most of them are usually scams will just make you part with some of your own.

Starbucks Giveaway Scam Spreading on Pinterest

By now, most of you would have tried out the pin board styled social photo sharing site Pinterest, which was launched last year. Pinterest allows its users to create and manage collections of images based on a theme and share the same with their followers as well as their friends on Facebook.

Pinterest aims to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” The newly added networking site is picking up and gaining popularity tremendously.

However, with this success, scammers have already taken advantage of the popularity of the site to spread scam messages and bogus links in order to trick users by asking them to enter their personal information or financial details.

Just like how scams are spreading on the popular social networking site Facebook, Pinterest too is now affected by these scams.

TrendLabs and various other sources have notified their readers about a recent scam that broke out on Pinterest and has been spreading across the network like wildfire.

Starbucks Free Giveaway - Pinterest

The logo of Starbucks along with the message – “Starbucks is giving away free gift cards to all Pinterest users!” has been spreading across the new social networking site. Users are asked to click on a link, which will lead them to a bogus site where they are asked to answer a set of online surveys. Users are also asked to “Pin it” in order to be qualify for the giveaway contest.

As I mentioned earlier, this is simply a scam message and there are no gift cards given away for free. Scammers are only trying to trick users by asking them to answer the online surveys. It is highly recommended that you avoid clicking the Starbucks giveaway message link and do not waste your time by answering any online surveys.

We recommend that you avoid clicking on such messages if you come across on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter. We always keep our readers updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. We will make sure to keep you updated on the scams spreading on Pinterest as well. Bookmark our Techie Buzz Scams page. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.