Scam Signature Message: Free Subway Gift Cards – Limited Time
Scam Type: Survey Scam, Bogus Offer
Trending: May 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page:
If you read the fine print, you must complete a total of 5 Sponsor Offers. 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 completed the scammer’s instructions, make sure you aren’t spamming your friends via your Newsfeed. If you are, clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).
The level of damage control required will largely depend on how many “special offers” you participated in. If you submitted your name, address, email, etc., then be on the lookout for more bogus offers arriving in your email and regular mail. Also be on alert for identity theft attempts.
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: