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Issue 143 - November 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 11

Facebook Rogue App/Survey Scam - Free $100 McDonald's Gift Card

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Message appearing on Facebook claims that people can eat free at McDonald's by clicking a link in the post.



Analysis
The post is not part of an official McDonald's campaign. In fact, it is a typical survey scam. Users who fall for the ruse and follow the link will first be tricked into spamming the same bogus promotion to their friends by "liking" or "sharing" the bogus McDonald's promotions page. Next, they will be told they must complete a survey or offer before receiving their free McDonald's vouchers. 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 vouchers.

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.

If you see one of these messages on your Facebook Wall, do not follow any links that it contains.

For more information about survey scams, see:
What is a Facebook Survey Scam? - Survey Scams Explained
Example
Eat at McDonalds for FREE! (limited time only)
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McDonald's is currently giving away free meal vouchers to all Facebook users!

Eat at McDonalds for FREE Scam


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Last updated: 11th January 2012
First published: 11th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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  8. Monkey Orchid
  9. Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'
  10. Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987
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  12. USPS Malware Emails
  13. Rumors Regarding FEMA and Hurricane Sandy
  14. Australia Day Name Change Hoax Targets Prime Minister Gillard
  15. Webmail Account Phishing Scam
  16. Misinformation Regarding Straight Ticket Voting On 06 November 2012 US General Election
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  18. Lil Wayne is NOT Dead
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