Toys "R" Us Free Coupon Facebook Scam
According to a post currently being shared across Facebook, toy outlet Toys "R" Us is giving away clearance sale coupons worth $300. The post invites you to click to 'get yours before they run out'.
However, the post is not associated with Toys "R" Us and those who posted it are not giving away $300 coupons.
Instead, the post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into promoting the fraudulent material on your network and divulging your personal information via dodgy online surveys.
If you click on the post, you will be taken to a bogus webpage designed to look like it is part of Facebook. The webpage claims that, to get your coupon, you must share the page on Facebook and then send a link to the page to 5 Facebook Groups that you belong to. This trick ensures that the scam will spread quickly across Facebook and will be seen by a large pool of potential victims.
After you have shared the page and sent it to your groups as instructed, you can then click a 'Get Your Coupon' button.
However, clicking the button just opens a fraudulent 'claim' page that is partially obscured by a popup window. The window claims that, before proceeding, you must verify your entry by clicking one of several links and participating in a survey. The links open suspect third-party survey websites that offer further prizes in exchange for your name, email address, home address and other personal information.
But, fine print on the sites will explain that, by participating, you are giving permission for your information to be shared with site sponsors and third-party marketers. Thus, you will soon start receiving annoying phone calls, emails, and surface letters from companies trying to get you to buy various products and services.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake Toys "R" Us post will earn commissions each time somebody provides their information via one of the survey websites.
This type of fraudulent activity is very common on Facebook. Scammers use the names of many well-known companies all around the world to trick people into participating. Be very wary of any Facebook post that claims that you can get valuable story coupons or win expensive prizes just by sharing, liking, and filling in surveys.
Last updated: November 6, 2015
First published: November 6, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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