Facebook users warned of Whole Foods gift card scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Popular organic grocery chain Whole Foods has found itself the unwelcome subject of a scam being conducted by criminals on Facebook.

Whole Foods has warned its customers that fraudulent Facebook fan pages have been created on the social networking site, promising users free $500 gift cards.

The reality, however, is that the pages are designed to generate large lists of followers (presumably with the aim of ultimately scamming or spamming them), and to scoop up sensitive personal information.

Whole Foods has used its real Facebook page to warn customers of the danger of joining the bogus pages.

In addition, it has used another social network (Twitter) to spread word of the risk.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.