Scam Signature Message:
Get Costco Gift Card for FREE! (limited time only)
Costco is currently giving away $1000.00 gift cards to all facebook users!!
Scam Type: Bogus Offer
Alternate Message: Costco is currently giving away $100.00 gift cards to all Facebook users!
Trending: December 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page:
This scam page is similar to countless others we have seen in the past. You are required to complete surveys and purchase special reward offers to ‘qualify’ for the gift card. Totally a marketing gimmick and a scam.
**Note – Scams like this often use multiple domains, so you may see a variation in the landing pages and scam messages.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of sharing the scam link, then you are now spamming your friends with the very same message. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).
If the excitement of receiving a Cheesecake Factory gift card caused you to lose your head for a moment, and you continued on with the surveys, then be prepared for a deluge of spam via email and snail mail. Also keep an eye out for identity theft attempts and bogus charges on your cell phone.
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. Also check out:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.