Tuesday, December 13, 2011

$500 Amazon Gift Card Survey Scam Hits Facebook

Amazon seems to be the ‘it’ company for internet scammers, who have now launched a new survey scam using the online retailer’s name.
Amazon Gift Card Offer Spam Message
One Free Amazon.com Gift Card (limited time only)
Amazon is currently giving away gift cards to all facebook users. Click here to get one! http://

The scam offers a “free” $500 Amazon.com gift card to anyone that’s willing to share the scam with their peers and post a comment on the page to help the scammer build credibility for the offer.

Amazon Gift Cards Remaining

Of course, scammers are never satisfied with a measly share & comment!

Once you've completed step 1 and 2 on the initial landing page, you're redirected to another website that starts off slow by asking for your zip code.

Amazon Gift Card Scam The cybercriminals behind this scam don’t benefit profit from their little setup until you complete 13 “reward offers” and convince three friends to repeat your mistakes.

According to the terms & conditions  that make up for about a third of the page, “Completion of reward offers most often requires a purchase or filing a credit application and being accepted for a financial product such as a credit card or consumer loan. “

And to no surprise, “Failure to submit accurate registration information will result in loss of eligibility.”

How to deal with the $500 Amazon Gift Card Scam

If you’ve shared this scam:

  1. Remove the link from your Facebook wall by clicking the ‘x’ in the top right corner.

  2. Remove the history of your comment on the scam page from your Facebook wall.

  3. Warn your Facebook friends & family not to share this scam or complete any of the “reward offers” associated with it.

If you catch one of your Facebook friends sharing this scam:

  1. Let them know that it’s a scam and recommend that they follow the steps outlined above.

In addition to this new Facebook survey scam, cybercriminals are also using Amazon's brand in numerous spam campaigns that contain malicious file attachments, attempt to steal financial information, or link the recipients to dangerous websites that deliver malware.

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