Free 150 FB Credits? Latest Facebook scam spreads its tentacles wide

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We’re seeing another wave of the free Facebook credits scam spreading amongst users of the social network.

Messages reading

One time offer! Win FREE 150 FB credits for your top games NOW! Limited copies left! : [LINK]

are appearing on users’ Facebook newsfeeds.

Clicking on the links can take you to webpages that encourage you to “act now” to claim your free 150 Facebook credits. (If you’re not a devotee of some of Facebook’s online games you may not realise that Facebook credits are a virtual currency that can be used to purchase virtual goods in many games and applications on the site. You can purchase Facebook Credit gift cards in stores such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack in the USA).

Games on Facebook are a big business, meaning that there is a sizeable market for Facebook Credits. As such, it’s not surprising to see scammers use the lure of free Facebook Credits as a lure for unsuspecting users.

If you are tempted to…

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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.

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