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‘1000 Free Facebook Credits’ scams hit Facebook Full Force

15
Jul
2011

Scam Signature Messages:

We have seen the following scam messages being spread on Facebook today.

Everyone can get 1000 facebook credits for free here!I think it is for today only have a look…
Do you need facebook credits? They are giving away 1000 to each user here
Hi, here is a way to get 1000 fb credits in your account. Worked for me 😉

There are undoubtedly other messages being used to spread this scam as quickly as possible. The scammers are using multiple domains, multiple messages, and we have received reports that the scam is being spread via Facebook chat, Wall to Wall, and posted as a comment on friend’s postings.

Trending: July 2011

Why it’s a Scam:

Clicking on a scam link redirects you to the following Facebook Page: 

1000credits_main
If you want to help put this scam down, then go to this Facebook page and click the report link in the left column.

Here, you are asked to copy the code shown in the box and then paste it directly in your browser’s address bar. Never, ever do this! You bypass basic security protocals of your web browser and some anti-virus software protections. You leave your system totally vulnerable to the creators of the code! If you unknowingly follow their instructions, you will be spamming the scam message to all of your  friends. The end game of this scam is the following survey scam:   

1000credits_survey

Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!

If you did fall victim to this scam, then you should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the application (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post). Also warn your friends to ignore any posts that might appear on their wall, comments or chat! 

Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you  for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.

If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues.  Also check out:

Your Ultimate Guide to Facebook Scams and How to Deal with Them

How to spot a Facebook Survey Scam

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