Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported on the scam, saying that clicking on the Facebook posts being spread takes users to a page where they are asked to share a website with their friends.
Naked Security pointed out:
The good news is that you can tell it’s a scam already, because of the prerequisite: You can’t recommend something that hasn’t been explained to you yet. So it’s even worse to recommend something as a prerequisite to finding out what it is.
Imagine signing a contract in order to find out what it was you just signed. That would be reckless and absurd, wouldn’t it?
So, in a case like this, you don’t need to go any further to work out whether this is a scam — the website told you all by itself.
Naked Security also highlighted the other red flags found within the Stones ticket scam:
- The page reads, “For a very limited time we are giving away free tickets,” but does not specify the time frame.
- Grammatical errors are common in scams, and this one is a doozy: “The processing of your informations usually takes 3-5 business days.”
- More questionable language is found in an email link to seek more information, which users are asked to “contact us under.” The link, purportedly to a rollingstones.com email address, does not work.
Finally, the Sophos blog offered the following advice to Facebook users:
The obvious question is, “What happens next?” The way to answer that question is: It doesn’t matter. You already know it’s a scam, so follow this simple advice: Don’t try, don’t buy, don’t reply. Stay away, don’t click, don’t like, don’t share.
I can’t tell you whether this site will take you to an exploit page, or try to foist malware on you, because I’m simply not willing to share it in the first place to go any further.
Remember that sharing a site that you haven’t seen yet, especially to enter a competition under terms that haven’t been disclosed, is not just reckless and absurd — it hurts your friends, too. Friends are more likely to click links you recommend precisely because they’re your friends.
So don’t diminish that friendship by helping a scammer to get in your friends’ faces.
Readers: Have you seen any posts in your News Feeds promising a chance at Rolling Stones tickets?
Screenshots courtesy of Naked Security.