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Facebook users get sucked into a free Amazon voucher scam

More users fooled
Mon Jan 23 2012, 17:23

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook users have been lured into a scam claiming to offer them a free Amazon voucher.

It is another way that Facebook users have been duped into a con that gains tricksters money. This latest ploy tempts users to visit an external web site with an Amazon voucher as the supposed reward.

Facebook Amazon Voucher Scam

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said, "If you follow the page's instructions you will be taken to another webpage, in this the example below it encourages you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service which could end up hurting you in the pocket."

The external web site not only attempts to get your money for things like horoscopes but gains the cybercriminals money just through traffic. As usual it encourages the victims to re-post the link with friends and make a comment, making it look kosher.

A recent scam of a similar nature invited users to change their Facebook pages into different colours, again for a limited time only. This one is particularly obvious due to the high value touted for the voucher, $500 no less.

Cluley urges users to attempt to correct their mistake if they were fooled by this one and said, "Please check your Facebook page to ensure that you are not spreading any messages to your online friends and ensure that you have revoked any Facebook applications, events and 'liked' pages that you are uncomfortable with." µ


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