Yet another type of scam has surfaced on Facebook. A message that is spreading across news feed with the title – “The first 50,000 participants Will Get a Pair of Reebok Shoes Free”. The scam offers you a free pair of Reebok shoes just by attending an event and “liking” a Facebook page.
The scam message attempts to trick users by asking them to “like” a Facebook page and stand a chance to win the shoes for free. According to the Facebook page, in order to participate, you have to click on the “I’m Attending” button, and like “We Love Cricket Club” Facebook page. Next, you have to share and invite at least 50 friends to the event. It gives a warning that if you do not complete the steps, the system will not register your details.
You will then have to write “Attending” along with your gender, shoe size, favorite cricket team and email id on its wall page. The scam states that it is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Only the first 50,000 participants stand a chance to win the prize.
Scammers create such Facebook pages with names such as “Apple iPad Beta Testers Wanted”, “Free Facebook Shoes”, “Free iPad Giveaway!” and so on, to target on people who desire to win free gifts. Facebook pages like this are created to upsurge the number of “likes”.
The ultimate goal of scammers is to get as many numbers of shares and “likes”. You’re just being fooled into “liking” the page which will gain you nothing. As soon as you “like” something on Facebook, the link is shared with your friends. They in turn may click on it – just as you did – and then continue spreading this nonsensicality.
Similarly, there are scams that download malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge. These programs may expose your credentials like credit card number and email id. So think twice before you click on any link or share something on Facebook.