Friday, November 9, 2012

Internet Scammers Hope to Feed on Twilight Fans in Wake of Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2Twilight fans are mere days away from entering a feeding frenzy and crowding movie theaters to watch Breaking Dawn: Part 2, the final movie in the Twilight series.

Cybercriminals, on the other hand, have already setup their scams offering Twilight memorabilia.

The scams seen so far start off with an offer for free Twilight Vampire contacts, but there’s a possibility that other items such as an Official Twilight Backpack, Custom Twilight Converse Shoes, Complete DVD Set or Book Set could be dangled in front of Twilight fans instead.

Do not click if you see a post/offer resembling this one on Facebook, or any other social media website for that matter:

Twilight Scam on Facebook Post
7 DAYS UNTIL BREAKING DAWN PART 2 IS OUT! To celebrate we're giving away FREE Twilight Vampire contacts! Follow the steps below to get yours now!

- Like this post and share it with your friends
- Click the link below
- Be sure to choose if you want Golden, Red, or Black contacts!


Upon clicking the link you will be taken to a website asking you to choose your prize and enter your email address. Simple, right?

Twilight Scam Page

But wait - did you happen to notice the fine print at the bottom of the page at all? It states by providing your email address, you agree to receive promotional emails and “special” offers from “trusted 3rd parties.” Oh, and in order to receive your reward you must meet the eligibility requirements, complete a survey, and complete a total of 10 Reward Offers.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “reward offers” offered by deals like this, they usually involve signing up for some paid service or applying for a credit card or loan. Signing up and cancelling service just to get the prize doesn’t work either – you have to keep your accounts active for more than 30 days to “qualify” for it.

Funny how something that was supposed to be free suddenly turns into an expense.

You might as well find a local store that sells crazy contacts or Twilight merchandise and pick it up there. At least you’ll know for sure you’ll get it and you won’t have to worry about random charges for services you don’t need.

Stay safe, Twilighters!

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