FaceBook scams one after the another
Because of its extreme popularity, FaceBook has become a victim of many scamsters. The latest in the series is an advertisement on the net that exploits the feelings of greed of the people by offering them a free gift card to supermarket chain ASDA. The advertisement claims free merchandise to all those who accept the offer and make it look real by saying ASDA is offering this gift to thousands of its loyal customers to celebrate its 11th birthday. The reason why we call it FaceBook scam is because all those who click on the link to receive their free gift are first asked to click on FaceBook share button so that the fraudster is able to spread the message across al your friends in a second.
Those who are not aware of similar FaceBook scams concerning Pizza Hut and Coffee Day jump to the click and press the FaceBook share button sending the same message to all those who are in their contact list. Once the message reaches friends on FaceBook, they do not bother to check on the authenticity or the source of the sender and believe it to be genuine as they think it is coming from a reliable source as it was shared by their friend. The message, when they click on it requires them to click on the share button so that it could spread to all their friends on faceBook, and so on.
Fraudsters ask you to share the offer with your contacts on FaceBook
One thing that most do not think is why a gift scheme would ask you to first share the news with your friends on faceBook before you become eligible to get the free gift. Once you click the share button, you are in fact making it simple for the fraudster who sent this FaceBook scam to you in the first place. You are inadvertently sending all of your friends to the offer site making the fraudster earning money as an affiliate sending customers to the offer website.
If you have also received or may receive this FaceBook scam in future, do take time to study the fine print that clearly says that this scheme is not promoted by ASDA at all.