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Issue 136 - August 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 15

Facebook Survey Scam - Bestbuy Gift Card

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Outline
Message appearing on Facebook and being distributed via SMS claims that electronics retailer BestBuy is offering free $1000 gift cards to users who follow a link in the post.



Analysis
The message is not an official BestBuy 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 BestBuy 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.

For more information about survey scams, see:
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained



Examples

Bestbuy Survey Scam Message

Get Free $1000 Bestbuy Giftcard Now
[Link removed]

Claim your Free $1000 Bestbuy Giftcard. Only a few left.



Your entry in our drawing WON you a free $1,000 BestBuy Giftcard! Enter "xxx" at [Link removed] and we can ship it to you immediately!


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Last updated: July 23, 2012
First published: July 23, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

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Issue 136 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
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  2. Cranky Old Man Poem
  3. Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500 Coles Voucher
  4. Amazon Account Review Phishing Scam
  5. Ellie May Ashley Missing Person Alert (Ellie Has Now Been Found)
  6. 'Private Message' Phishing and Survey Scam Emails
  7. AOL Deactivated Account Phishing Scam
  8. 'Mystery Shopper' Money Laundering Scams
  9. Hotel Booking Confirmation Malware Emails
  10. Chase Online 'Unconfirmed Payment' Phishing Scam
  11. 'Buddha' Shaped Pears
  12. Yacht Launch Mishap
  13. McDonald's 'Mega Promotion Award' Advance Fee Scam
  14. Intuit "Payroll Processing Request" Malware Email
  15. Facebook Survey Scam - Bestbuy Gift Card
  16. FBI Arrest Warning Advance Fee Scam