Late last month we reported about survey scams, and how such threats go across platforms from social networks to mobile. Back then we reported a scam deployed through Facebook, which enticed users into clicking links by offering free Starbucks coffee.
We saw a scam very similar to the one we reported before, except for some differences. First off, instead of being deployed solely through Facebook, the one we found arrives via spammed messages:
Clicking the link in the spam message triggers redirections that finally lead to the following pages:
We asked the assistance of our colleague, Frauds Analyst Sarah Calaunan, and she reported to us that clicking the “CLAIM MY GIFT” button after sharing the link through Twitter or Facebook leads to a rewards site. The said site offers users certain mobile applications.
As Facebook users continue to fall for social engineering lures such as the one we reported here, the schemes targeting them are sure to continue. Trend Micro users are already protected from this scheme, as the related URLs are already blocked through the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network. For more information on threats targeting social network users, check our ebook, A Guide to Threats on Social Media, as well as our infographic, The Geography of Social Media Threats.
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