Scam Signature Message:
Receive 4 Free Tickets to Cedar Point (Limited Time Only)
Scam Type: Bogus Offer
Trending: March 2012ebruary
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook page:
After you leave a comment, you are taken to the following landing page:
Reading the fine print reveals that you have to complete a total of 6 ‘Reward Offers.’ By reading their own Terms and Conditions, you discover, “The minimum cost to complete two offers in the Premium Rewards Group is $3,000.” Also keep in mind the scammers are acquiring a treasure trove of your personal data. You are usually 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.
**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).
Be on the lookout for more marketing offers arriving to your email inbox and physical address if you submitted that information to the scammers. Also be aware and alert for possible identity theft attempts.
If you submitted your cell phone for any of the surveys or offers, then keep an eye on your cell phone bill to make sure no premium charges appear.
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