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Facebook Scam: Get Free $250 mcdonalds Gift Card Now

A Facebook scam claims users can get a free $250 McDonald’s Gift Card to the fast food restaurant in order to bait users into clicking malicious links that can either install malware or hijack their Facebook account.

Claim your Free $250 mcdonalds Gift Card Now scam

If a Facebook user clicks a link provided by the free $250 McDonalds scam a web attack known as a Facebook Manual Share attack will take place. This attack attempts to, for lack of a better word “hack” Facebook accounts in order to spam the McDonalds post and other posts without the user’s consent.

A user may also be introduced to malware and other malicious files by clicking provided links.

There is no “Get Free $250 mcdonalds Gift Card Now” giveaway. This is a common scam. If you have seen this post posted by a friend on your Facebook news feed it is likely that they were duped by this scam.

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Solution:

If your Facebook account has been affected by this scam or if you feel your computer is infected with malware please see the recommended steps below.

*If you have provided your email address, telephone number, and home address to the fraudulent surveys it is likely that you will receive unwanted email spam, telephone calls, and junk mail at home. In order to disable this occurrence it is recommended to take the necessary steps and safety precautions introduced by your email service, telephone provider, and mail carrier.

  • Change your Facebook password (located in your Facebook Settings) and make sure to log out of every device when prompted to. This will stop unauthorized access to your account.

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  • Remove suspicious Facebook Apps (Settings > Apps). In many cases rogue Facebook Apps can be used to spam these messages without direct user consent.
  • If you believe your computer is infected with malware we recommend to download and install reputable Anti-Malware software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once installed, update the software, and run a scan for malicious files. *This software is available free or as a full version and can block malicious websites in real-time.

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