Free Apple iTunes Giftcard scam spreads on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook users are being tricked into helping scammers earn money, in the mistaken belief that they will receive a free $25 Apple iTunes Giftcard.

We have seen a number of Facebook users posting messages like the following onto their walls:

Free $25 Apple iTunes Giftcard
[LINK] Limited time left, get yours now!

Clicking on the link takes you to a webpage which urges you to “Share” the message with your Facebook friends before you can go any further.

You should, of course, always treat such requests with suspicion – but that hasn’t stopped many people unwittingly help the scammers to spread their links far and wide across Facebook.

Perhaps you noticed that you still haven’t been given a free $25 Apple iTunes Giftcard at this point. Instead, the scammers would like you take a survey.

Clearly they have no qualms about using Apple imagery to try to trick you into believing that the campaign is endorsed in some way by Apple…

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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