Scam Signature Message: Have you heard of HCG diet? AMAZING AND IT WORKS, I lost 2lbs in the last 3 days
If you see this on a friend’s Newsfeed, or if it is posted directly to your wall, then there is a good possibility that your friend has been hacked or has a rogue Facebook application installed. We have seen this posting several times. There is most always a disclaimer from the Facebook account doing the posting claiming that they didn’t post it, and they don’t know how it happened.
Trending: May 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall link, you are taken to www.hcg-ultrass.info/ shown below:
This page is engineered to look like a news site, and serves as an infomercial for HCG Ultra drops. It appears the scammers are taking control of user accounts, and then spamming this message to their friends. The goal here is to use the trust you have in your friend’s endorsement and purchase the diet drops. We can’t speak to the legitimacy of the product, but considering the marketing methods employed we recommend you steer clear of this product. You could likely find similar products far cheaper at a grocery or health food store.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you see this posted on your friend’s Wall, then try to contact them immediately and let them know that their Facebook account could be compromised. You can refer them to the following posts on what they should do next:
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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