Free Amazon.com gift card promotion is a Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Gift card scams are a common sight on Facebook, and this weekend it has been the turn of Amazon.com to be the brand used by cybercriminals as a way of making them cash.

One Free Amazon.com Gift Card (limited time only)
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Amazon is currently giving away gift cards to all facebook users. Click here to get one!

When you see one of your friends share a link like this with you, the truth is that they have been duped into a scam. Be careful not to make the same mistake as them, or you’ll just be helping put cash into the pockets of the bad guys.

If you do click on the link you are taken to a webpage on a third-party website which looks something like this:

Notice how it encourages you to re-share the link, and add a comment, before it will allow you to access the special deal (in this case, an allegedly free Amazon.com gift card).

If you follow the page’s instructions you will be taken to another webpage, in this…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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