Mario Kart on Facebook? Fast-spreading scam hits many users’ accounts

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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A scam claiming that you can play Mario Kart on Facebook has spread between many Facebook users.

Mario Kart Facebook scam

Play Mario Kart on Facebook!

Play Mario Kart on Facebook with your Friends! Join the multiplayer mayhem NOW! Click here to play

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The messages do not just take the form of public status updates, but have also been distributed via private messages:

Mario Kart Facebook scam private message

If you click on the link (no, not that sort of Link..) you will end up on a webpage which urges you to join the game.

Mario Kart Facebook scam

Unfortunately as soon as you press “Play Now” you’ll not find yourself in the middle of a fast-moving road race with all your favourite Nintendo characters, but instead urged to complete an online survey or competition.

(Note: Some people have reported that this webpage attempts to trick the user into installing a browser extension – clearly under the circumstances that is not to be recommended).

Mario Kart Facebook scam

When I tried one of the surveys from my Facebook test account, I was given the opportunity to “win” an iPhone 5.

Mario Kart Facebook scam

iPhone 5? Did someone forget to send the scammers the memo? The iPhone 5 doesn’t even exist yet.

Unfortunately, Facebook’s built-in security systems don’t appear to be blocking this scam at this time – giving it plenty of breathing space to trick as many users as possible into taking the online competitions.

And, of course, the more traffic the scammers send to the online surveys and puzzles, the more commission they earn. And the more spam Facebook users find filling up their walls and inboxes.

Complaints on Twitter about Mario Kart Facebook spam

If you were fooled into participating in this scam remove the message from your newsfeed, and delete any messages you may have inadvertently shared with your friends. That way at least 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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