Free Facebook T-Shirt Scam

Facebook scams are not new, but with each new scam it gets as tempting as it is possible. Recent one is Free Facebook T-shirt scam.  I’m seeing a lot of not-so-gullible users getting trapped this time around.

Free Facebook T-shirtI must say it’s as tempting as it gets.  Look at the above screenshot. It’ a really cool Facebook blue coloured t-shirt.There are multiple versions of the scam going on right now. Some of them claim that Mr. Zuckerberg is giving away free Facebook t-shirts on the occasion of seventh birthday of the biggest social network in the world. Of course Facebook was started in 2004 and the smarties have tried playing an intelligent game this time around.

Why It is a scam?

Clicking on the wall post link takes you to the following page:

Free Facebook T-shirt main pageFree Facebook t-shirt Country selectFree Facebook T-shirt country select 2This page is strictly designed to mine user information and spread their spam message to your friends. The page requires you to like a country or other and also join their group.

Free Facebook t-shirt page

Much like the other scams, the trapped users will be bombarded with automated posts on their walls with links to the scam sites aimed at trapping some more. There are multiple domains being used for this scam, most of which were registered just a couple of days back.

How to Deal with the Scam:

If you “liked” the page and joined the group, then you need to perform some cleanup duty on your profile. Remove the item from your wall by clicking the small “x” in the top right hand corner of the post. It would also be a good idea to remove yourself and report the bogus group you joined.

If you submitted your email address, home address and / or other information, then be prepared to receive a deluge of spam email and marketing offers. Keep a watchful eye on your credit and make sure no identity theft attempts are made.

If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats

 

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About aronnirmal

A student pursuing Masters in Compter Applications. Intrested in Linux, Computer Hardware and networking,eco-enviorment related issues and politics.

Posted on September 9, 2011, in Social Networking and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Free Facebook T-Shirt Scam.

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