Beware of Bogus UGG Outlet Store Scams on Facebook

Scam Message: Messages like the one shown below are being spammed to Facebook Groups and possibly through other channels on Facebook (messages, newsfeed, etc.)

uggs_facebook_scam

Scam Type: Fraudulent Online Retailer

Trending: December 2013

Why it’s a Scam:

Clicking the scam link redirects you to the site shown below:

fake_uggs_website

Don’t let the good looks fool you. Scammers and cyber criminals are masters at creating convincing and seemingly legitimate counterfeit sites. The first red flag should be the domain name itself. Just because it has “UGGS” in the web address, don’t assume everything is safe. We did a little checking on the official UGGS website, and it appears that they are fully aware of the problem and even have a domain checker that will tell you if the online store is legit. Of course it was not in this case.

Always be extra careful before purchasing anything online. We recommend only purchasing from established well known retailers.

How to Deal with the Scam:

This scam is likely being spread by rogue Facebook applications or rogue browser extensions. The guides below will show you how to search and remove anything suspicious. You will also need to manually remove any posts on your newsfeed or to Groups that have been spammed.

How to Protect Your Facebook Account from Rogue Applications

How to Protect Your Facebook Account from Rogue Browser Extensions

If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues.



Recommended Resources

BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams on Facebook.

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