Another Amazon Gift card scam is luring people across Facebook and No it doesn’t use any Clickjacking attack. Instead it just tricks users to share the scam with their friends all by themselves.
Just came across this Facebook post titled “Get FREE $200 Amazon Gift Card“, at first i though it was genuine since the user had actually shared it by himself and not how normally Scams are spread on Facebook (via unknown apps). This got my attention and I immediately checked the link.
So here is the smart landing page of this Scam. it appears that it is offering a free $200 gift card if you “Share” their page and comment “Thanks” prior to getting your free gift card. If you share it, it posts to your Facebook stream and other people see it and automatically trust you and click on share as well.
You see how these Scammers are encouraging you to re-share the link, and add a Thanks giving comment, before it will allow you to access the allegedly free Amazon gift card. Once you complete the required steps you will be taken to another webpage, where in you will be asked to complete surveys or offers which are affiliated to the Scammers, who in-turn earn cash for every survey or offer you complete and there is No free $200 Gift card.
The $200 Amazon gift card scam is very similar to other Facebook scams like “GET A FREE facebook T-SHIRT“, “Get 5000 likes in your Status!”. While each scam has slight variations, they all feature three main components. First, they require people to like or share the message on Facebook in an attempt to spread the scam. Second, they direct people to complete a fraudulent survey which extracts personal information such as email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and credit card numbers. Lastly, these scams never end with a free gift card or anything that was promised before.
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Final word: The motive of this post is to let you know that, When you see one of your friends share a link like this with you, the truth is that they have been duped into a scam. Be careful not to make the same mistake as them.