Scam Signature Message: Zynga Promotions www.zyngapromotions.com
Scam Type: Bogus Offer – Cheat Application Advertisement
Trending: June 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking on the “Zynga Promotions” wall post takes you to the follow page:
This page gives you your own unique link that they want you to post all around Facebook. In theory, when someone clicks your link, then you receive goodies. We did some checking and this isn’t quite the case. Users are claiming they do not receive the FV Cash or City Cash as promised. If you look a little closer you see what is really going on here. This website is trying to lure users into buying bot software for Farmville and Cityville. Bots automate mundane actions in the game and help you progress faster. The problem is that bots rarely work like they should, and they violate the TOS of the games they are designed for. Here is what Zynga has to say about the use of bots:
“Because we want to keep our games fair and our players safe, we want you to be aware of the following:
The use of “Bot” programs or 3rd-party scripts that automatically perform actions on your computer, whether in a game or on a website, is strictly prohibited. Please read Zynga’s Terms of Service.
In addition to the possibility of having your account suspended, some Bot programs or scripts that you get from someone else can contain Trojans or Viruses. If you use or have used a Bot program in the past, you could find your password, User ID and other private information have been stolen.
So play fair and keep safe. Do not download or use Bots!”
How to Deal with the Scam:
You need to clean up your Facebook account by removing the post from your Newsfeed. Do this by clicking the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post. It would also be a good idea to let your friends know that the site is a scam and should be avoided.
Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true. As for Zynga promotions and FV Cash or City Cash offers, it is a good idea to go directly to Zynga to verify any promotions.
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