Issue 124 - February 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 14
Facebook Survey Scam - Get a Costco Gift Card for Free
Message appearing on Facebook claims that users can get free Costco Gift Cards just by following a link.
The message is not an official Costco promotion. The message is a typical survey scam. Users who fall for the ruse and follow the link will first be tricked into spamming the same fake promotion to their friends by "liking" or "sharing" the bogus Costco promotions page. Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free gift card. Some of the "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.
No matter how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive their promised gift cards.
The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Costco has denied any involvement with this fraudulent promotion, noting on its Facebook Page
There are numerous posts circulating on Facebook stating that we are giving away $100 to $1,000 Costco Cash Cards to all Facebook users. Costco is not giving away Costco Cash Cards to Facebook users, and is not associated with this program. Thanks to our fans for letting us know.
Get a Costco Gift Card for FREE! (limited time only)
Costco is currently giving away $1,000.00 gift cards to all facebook users!! http://bit.ly/sje8TP
Last updated: 12th December 2011
First published: 12th December 201
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
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- The Tale of the Racist Airline Passenger
- Mechanically Separated Chicken Warning
- Seriously McDonald's - African Americans Pay More Hoax
- Hoax - Queensland Will Hold a Referendum in July For a New Constitution
- Another Facebook Nonsense Post - Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder
- Hoax: Facebook to Start Charging This Summer - Facebook Icon Will Turn Blue
- Bogus Seattle Traffic Ticket Email Points To Malware
- Hoax Message Warns Users Not To Contact DreamWeaverGrey
- Hoax - Facebook Will Donate $1 Per Share to Help Sick Baby
- Western Union Database Update Phishing Scam
- Facebook 'See Who Viewed Your Profile' Scams - Rogue 'Stalker' Apps
- Advance Fee Scam - 'You Are on the FBI Wanted Persons List'
- WhatsApp 'Logo Will Turn Red' Hoax
- Facebook Survey Scam - Get a Costco Gift Card for Free
- Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax