You Keep Falling For Scams On Facebook: Stop It

NikeVoucherScam650You see a post offering a $200 Nike gift card, so you share it (as requested) because “it can’t hurt to try!” Well, it may not “hurt,” but at the least, it’s super annoying to see these pop up all the time (they’re obviously not real, come on) — and at the worst, they actually do hurt, spreading malware to your own and your equally gullible friends’ computers. It’s time to stop this madness, folks. Sit on your hands until the urge to share these things passes if you have to.

So what are these three steps allegedly standing between you and a cool $200?

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 4.19.33 PM

But guess what? When you get to that last step, you won’t be redirected to a voucher at all (and if you are, and you share personal information, you kind of deserve the resulting identity theft, sir/madam). You’ll likely find yourself on a survey site, where the folks who tricked you are paid for each person who completes their surveys.

Wait a minute: What survey? The one you’ll be asked to take to “prove you’re not a robot.” According to security experts Sophos, these scams have been circulating for a long time, since 2011 (maybe even earlier), and they all end up the same way:

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 4.38.26 PM

NikeVoucherScam650Also, after deleting it from your wall, you should check your “likes and interests” to make sure you’re not advertising for these scammers that way. See all the trouble you’ve caused yourself because you fell for something too good to be true?

So when you see this post on your friends’ walls, send them this link. And a frowny face. They deserve it.

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 4.08.11 PM

Readers: Have you seen any similar posts in your News Feeds?

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Content Marketing 101

Content Marketing 101Almost 60% of businesses use some form of content marketing. Starting December 8, get hands-on content marketing training in our online boot camp! Through an interactive series of webcasts, content and marketing experts will teach you how to create, distribute, and measure the success of your brand's content. Sign-up before November 10 to get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!