Free farm cash from Zynga? No, it’s another viral Facebook scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Scams continue to be a nuisance on Facebook, with the latest posing as a way to get free cash for your farm in the popular online game FarmVille.

If you’ve seen messages like the following, don’t click on the link:

Whohoooooo….. Zynga team gave me 310 Farm Cash absolutely free YES FREE for Christmas bonus..this is so damn COOL..! They are really giving 310 farm cash bonus but for a Very short time …This OFFER WOULD LAST AN HOUR OR TWO ONLY …Hurry !..Get yours asap . Here on their link – [LINK] Be quick !

The offer describes itself as the “310 FV Cash Christmas Offer [Zynga Official]”, but there’s nothing official about this offer and it didn’t originate from FarmVille’s developers.

If you did make the mistake of clicking on the link, however, you find yourself taken to a webpage that certainly presents itself as though it is connected with FarmVille.

Which, in turn, invites you to grant permission to a third party application to gain…

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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