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Facebook Survey Scam - Free Subway Gift Card

Outline
Message appearing on Facebook claims that Facebook users can receive a free Subway gift card worth $100 by clicking a link.



Analysis
The message is not an official Subway 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 Subway 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.

If you receive this message, 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
Free $100 Subway Cards! (limited time only) [Link Removed]

Hey everyone! Make sure you get your Subway gift card! This is only for today and tomorrow!

Subway Surevy Scam Message


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Last updated: 23rd January 2012
First published: 23rd January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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