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Facebook Survey Scam - Free $500 Coles Voucher

Outline
Message appearing on Facebook claims that Coles is offering free $500 vouchers tor users who click a link in the post.



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

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.

Coles has denied any involvement with this fraudulent promotion, noting on its Facebook Page:
Scam Warning: There is currently a ‘Free $500 Coles Gift Card’ link being shared. Please be aware this is a hoax & has no connection to us.


Example
Coles Facebook Survey Scam

Get Free $500 Coles voucher Now. (47 Left)
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Claim your Free $500 Coles Voucher. Only a few left.


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Last updated: July 26, 2012
First published: July 26, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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