Beware of Facebook scam for free computer
Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:04:22 GMT —
If you are clicking around Facebook and you see a computer giveaway linked to an announcement of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' death, beware! Scammers have been on the attack just after the announcement of his death.
Look for a message that says, "In Memory of Steve Jobs" with an offer for free iPads and iPhones or Macbooks.
According to Snopes.com, if you click on the link, it will lead you to other dead ends that ask you to fill out surveys for other freebies. This is also a scam because there are no freebies at the end of your clicking.
This "clickjacking" could lead to the scammer downloading trojan viruses on your computer.
"The link takes you a link to a webpage that encourages you to share the message with your Facebook friends. It adds the phrase 'Thank you Steve,' 'Thank you Steve from (city),' or 'RIP Steve,' depending on whether you are hoping to get an iPad 2, limited edition iPhone, or black MacBook, respectively," ZDnet.com contributor Emil Protalinski wrote.
"The webpage also explains that time is limited, and there are only a small number of free devices remaining. The hope is to fool you into rushing into the scam without thinking."
He says the scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. "This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information."
Protalinskis' advice is to report the scam to Facebook Security.
Read more: Snopes