You Keep Falling For Scams On Facebook: Stop It

By Mary C. Long 

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?

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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:

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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.

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