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Issue 131 - May 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 7

Facebook Survey Scam - Free Oakleys To All Facebook Users!

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Outline
Message appearing on Facebook claims that all Facebook users can receive a free pair of Oakley sunglasses just by following a link in the post.



Analysis
The message is not an official Oakley 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 Oakley promotions page. Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free sunglasses. 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 pair of Oakley sunglasses.

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.

Oakley has warned consumers about this fraudulent promotion, noting on its Facebook Page:
Hey guys, we have had a few complaints about the site below. Trust us you will not get free pairs of Oakley's it's a scam and we are trying to get it taken down. Thanks -
For more information about survey scams, see:
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained

Example
Get A FREE Pair of Oakleys!! (limited time only)
To Celebrate the Summer, We are Giving Away Free Oakleys To All Facebook Users!

 Oakleys Survey Scam


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Last updated: 10th May 2012
First published: 10th May 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

References
Oakley Australia - Facebook
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained

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  4. Windows Live 'Account Blocked' Phishing Scam
  5. 'Quilts in the Snow Photographs' - The Art of Simon Beck
  6. Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax
  7. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Oakleys To All Facebook Users!
  8. Gang Initiation Warning Hoax - Infant Car Seat Left On Roadside
  9. Do Not Call - Mobile Phones Going Public Hoax
  10. Amazon 'Order Cancellation' Pharmacy Spam Emails
  11. Commonwealth Bank Phishing Scam - Online Access Suspended Message
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  15. Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'
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  17. Apple Store Account Phishing Scam
  18. Legitimate: 'Reminder to Update Your Legacy Blogger Account' Email