Just as we warned you a few weeks ago in our article Social Engineering, Holiday Style , scammers love the holiday season. People, filled with love and good will seem to be easy bait this time of year. Well right on cue, there are a few new Facebook scams circulating right now, hoping that in all the holiday cheer, you might let your guard down and fall for them.
Christmas Bonus Scam
The first scam sends messages to Facebook user’s inbox claiming that they have received a special Christmas bonus from Facebook and Powerball Management, using the name of the well-known lottery to conjure up big winnings in people’s minds. The scammers clone real accounts and ask users for their personal information so they can transfer them “the winnings”. Then they come in for the big kill – if a user hands over certain information the scammers will then ask for their banking information to take a small transaction fee. The scammers then proceed to wipe their victim’s bank accounts out.
According to security blogger Kim Komando there is another Christmas Bonus scam taking place on Facebook now, too. If you use Facebook messenger you may notice a message that tells you that you have won a bonus. If you respond, you’ll be directed to an “agent” who takes down your personal information so they can send you your “bonus.”
So money for nothing? Yeah, right.
Holiday Coupon Scam
The next scam showing up in feeds at the moment promises users coupons for 40 percent off of their grocery bill at stores like ShopRite, Krogers and Aldi, right in time to save a few bucks at this very expensive season. The online coupons look just like the real deal and the targeted stores are doing all they can to let customers know that they are fake and will not be honored. The real intention of the scammers is to encourage users to divulge personal information to redeem coupons such as credit card or bank information. Clicking the links takes you to a website that’s waiting to install malware on your device as soon as you download or open anything.
The Uh-Huh, Sure, Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Give You His Money scam
Not enough fraudulence for you? Here is one more.
It’s well known (and amazingly true) that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan plan on giving away $45 billion. But they aren’t planning on giving it to you, that’s for sure. A new Facebook hoax filling newsfeeds states that Zuckerberg is planning on giving away huge sums of money to lucky Facebook users to say “thanks”. Here is part of the text of the scam:
“What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s post and award 1000 people with $4.5 million each as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection’
…Uh, sure. And I have a bridge to sell you. Zuckerberg and Chan, the very philanthropically-minded duo are giving their money away to charities, not regular Facebook users.
So even if you are still in the holiday mood and feeling merry, remember to keep your wits about you at all times, especially on social media. Your bank account will thank you.