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Facebook Survey Scam - $50 Dollar General Gift Card

Outline
Message appearing on Facebook claims that uses who click a link will receive a free $50 gift card from variety store chain Dollar General.



Analysis
The message is not an official Dollar General promotion. The message is a survey scam. Those who fall for the ruse and click the link will be told that they must verify their identity by completing a survey before proceeding. Generally, these "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 the promised gift card.

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.

The people who put together this particular version of the scam are not only unscrupulous but lazy as well. It seems that rather than bother to create new bogus pages they have reused pages from another survey scam that falsely claims to offer users a means of seeing who has viewed their profiles.

If one of these survey scams appears on your Facebook wall, delete it and do not follow any links that it may contain.

Example
Get $50 Dollar General Gift Card for FREE! (limited time only),Dollar General is currently giving away free gift cards to all facebook users!L Link removed]

Dollar General Survey Scam


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Last updated: 29th December 2011
First published: 29th December 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

References
Facebook 'See Who Viewed Your Profile' Scams - Rogue 'Stalker' Apps