Yet another Facebook scam has been revealed this weekend, and this one is a really tempting one. According to this scam, Amazon is offering a $500 gift card if you only click a few links and share them on Facebook. Please don’t. These links are false and you will not get an Amazon gift card if you share it.
As you can see in the screenshot from Sophos, this specific scam advertises “One Free Amazon.com Gift Card (limited time only)“. The link comes with one of several Amazon icons, one of which implies that the offered gift card is for the outrageous amount of $500. If this is not suspicious enough, the link also states that “Amazon is currently giving away gift cards to all Facebook users” and urges you to click it to get yours.
According to Sophos, if you do click the link, you will be asked to first share it with all your friends, and then be redirected to another webpage where you will be tempted with some premium rates mobile phone service, and will also be asked to complete a service. All of this will serve the people behind this scam nicely, as it will bring hits to various webpages, and may cause some people to part with some money. But there will not be a gift card in sight.
$500 from Amazon sure is tempting, so if you’ve fallen for this or if you’ve seen this post on a friend’s wall, be sure to erase, unlike and evoke any permission from apps you don’t know. To remove apps from your Facebook account, go to Privacy Settings, scroll all the way down to Apps and Websites and click on Edit Settings. You can then remove apps from Apps you use by clicking Edit Settings again.
What do you think about scams like this? Should it be Facebook’s responsibility to get rid of them, or should people simply be more alert?
Source: Sophos Naked Security