Scam Signature Message: Get This PURPLE TREE + 310 FV Free Cash [Zynga Official]
Scam Type: Fake Farmville Item, Survey Scam
Trending: April 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking on the bit.ly link takes you to the following page:
Here we see a familiar Farmville scam screen. This page requires you to “like” the page and “share” the scam message with your friends. Any page that requires you to like and share something should be viewed with extreme suspicion! When you click to claim your purple tree and 310 FV Cash, you are presented the following survey scam:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of “liking” and “sharing” the spam message, you will need to check your news feed. You don’t want to be spamming the message to your friends. Remove the item from your wall by clicking the small “x” in the top right hand corner of the post. There is an option to “remove and unlike.”
If you submitted your cellphone number while completing any surveys, then you should contact your carrier immediately and be on the lookout for bogus charges.
If you downloaded any files, games, etc., then upgrade or install anti-virus software and do a complete system scan of your system.
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