There's another scam going around on Facebook, this time it's a Facebook scam promising to give away a $100 ("wow!") Starbucks card for free. Amazing huh? They just want to give away tons of money!
Well, as usual, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Take a look...
First thing anyone should do when they come across one of these is to hover your mouse cursor over the link and look at the URL it will take you to if you click it. It should at least point to the website of the company. As you can see in the screenshot of this Facebook scam, this link is pointing to a DropBox
.com/s/o5n06d9xqduw7v3/m3.html?kX6BGz3 in this case), which is obviously completey unrelated to Starbucks. That's your first red flag
to know not
to click the link (and to report the link to Facebook as spam / Malware
). If fact, this should be all
you need to know to pass on clicking into it.
Should you still end up clicking into the scam link you'll (in this case, since this scam will likely change slightly in the future when people get savvy to this exact one) first be taken to the DropBox link, which re-directs to lovecoffeestar.net; a page designed to fool you into thinking it's still a Starbucks website page, including the page logo, page title and the favicon, with a button to share it on your Facebook wall (to continue spreading this scam). As can be seen in the screenshot there have already been at least 1800+ Facebook users who have unfortunately fallen for the scam.
If you happen to fall for one of these scams you should:
- Look through your Facebook apps to look for any new, suspicious apps and delete them; sometimes these scams will add malicious apps that can steal your personal information, post Malware / scams unknowingly to your newsfeed, or worse.
- Delete the post from your own newsfeed to prevent your own friends from falling for the scam.
- Post a follow-up status warning your friends that you accidentally posted the scam and to not click it, or post it on their own status.
- Report the link / status / post to Facebook using the little button to the top right of all Facebook statues.
- If possible, report the actual link to any 3rd party service that the scam is using so that they can take their own further action. For example, this scam uses a DropBox account to host it's file for re-directing as was shown in the screenshot; you can report that link to DropBox for them to work their magic, maybe even catching the perp. Any screenshot you may take as proof when reporting will only help out that much more.
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