Walmart gift card survey spam spread via Twitter, with a twist of Geordie Shore

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Are Walmart and Ikea *really* giving away gift cards via Twitter? And, if so, would they want you to vote for your favourite character from a low-brow reality TV show?

Naked Security has written many times about the problem of gift voucher scams being spread on Facebook. Messages are posted claiming to offer gift cards for well-known brands such as Starbucks, CostCo or Argos, and when users click on the links they are tricked into completing online surveys.

Some of the scams earn affiliate income for the spammers behind them, others are designed to steal your personal information or to charge your credit card or mobile phone bill.

It seems hardly a day goes by without new survey scams rearing their ugly heads on Facebook.

But it’s not just Facebook that is being troubled by survey scams, they are being encountered on Twitter…

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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