Free Argos gift card for Christmas? It’s a Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
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Yet another scam is spreading rapidly on Facebook, this time claiming to offer a free £500 Argos gift card to British shoppers.

Free £500 Argos gift cards for Christmas Facebook scam

Free £500 Argos gift cards for Christmas
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As it's coming up to Christmas we have decided to give away 250 £500 Argos gift cards.

The scam follows the highly prevalent ASDA gift voucher scam that has been spreading in recent hours on Facebook, and is probably masterminded by the same group of fraudsters – seeing as the modus operandi appears to be identical.

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Argos Facebook scam

Facebook users are tricked into sharing the link with their online friends, in the belief that they will win a prize. Of course, the more that the link is shared the more traffic is driven to a website of the scammers’ own choosing – and they earn commission every time they trick users into filling in an online form requesting personal information.

Form webpage

Tens of thousands of users have already been duped – proving just how easy it is to be conned into sharing “special offer” links.

Of course, Argos has nothing at all to do with the scheme – but it’s their brand name which is being besmirched.

If you were fooled into participating in this scam remove the message from your newsfeed, so you are no longer spreading it with your online chums.

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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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