Scam Signature Message:
Get A Free Tickets to Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2!
Scam Type: Bogus Offer
Trending: August 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page:
On this site the user is presented with a quick survey. After answering all of the questions, you are presented with the following page:
Don’t get too excited about the free tickets. If you read the fine, you must complete several “Sponsor” Offers and surveys. Not only is this a ridiculous hoop to jump through, and will cost you a lot of money in the end, but the scammers are acquiring a treasure trove of your personal data. You will be required to provide your name, address, phone numbers and date of birth. This will enable the shady marketers to not only spam your Facebook account, but also harass you via snail mail, phone calls and text 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).
Be on the lookout for more marketing offers arriving to your email inbox and physical address if you submitted that information to the scammers.
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.