Facebook and Gift Card Scams.
Published on April 08, 2010.
There is information about Facebook’s users and gift card rewards. Users are receiving invitation from other friends or e-mails regarding a promising sweet offer of $1,000 gift card to the first 20,000 Best Buy fans.
This is not the only case concerning gift card scam over the social networking sites. There was a $500 Whole Foods card, the Walmart offer, and the $1,000 Ikea gift card. Of course, users are tempted to become a fan. They may think “well, I will not lose anything if I become a fan” unfortunately, there is always something behind these scams. I could think two reasons:
- Generate web traffic for advertisers.
- Collect user’s information.
Unfortunately, anyone can create a page and post it with any giveaway offer, but, do not get confuse with a legitimate gift-card offers. At this moment Facebook’s engineers are monitoring and deleting scams’ groups as soon as they are found.
You can avoid this type of scams:
- Think about this “it is too good to be true”
- Big companies just do not giveaway gift card that easy.
- Go to the companies’ website and get more information about it.
Remember, these types of scams are new in social networking sites. However, it is an old technique via e-mail.
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