Facebook users warned of Whole Foods gift card scam

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.

Whole Foods Facebook scam

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.

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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.

Whole Foods Twitter warning

As I explained last month, it’s becoming far too easy for fraudsters to create bogus pages on Facebook claiming to present companies or individuals. Even though it’s against Facebook’s terms and conditions to do this, the onus is on individual users to report suspicious pages rather than for page creators to prove their credentials at the point of creation.

PS. Don’t forget to become a Fan of Sophos on Facebook. At least that page is legitimate. :)

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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