Facebook Scam: walmart is giving away gift cards
A tag-jacking Facebook scam that spams images and messages on Facebook user’s behalf claims that Walmart is giving away gift cards that value $250 for free if users click malicious links.
This scam is designed to bait users into clicking malicious links or visiting malicious websites that will automatically initiate a Facebook manual share web attack capable of ‘hacking’ Facebook profiles in order to spread malware and spam the messages on the users behalf. Simply clicking on the links provided by this scam will cause the web attack to take place.
The scam fraudulently promises that Walmart is giving away $250 gift cards to users who click links provided by the scam; However, this is not the case. Walmart is in no way associated with this scam and users will not receive a free $250 Walmart gift card. Instead, as previously mentioned, the user’s Facebook profile will become hijacked by cyber criminals and scam artists and they will begin to upload images on the Facebook user’s profile, tag friends to the images, and will spam a message designed to bait users into clicking malicious links.
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If your Facebook account has been affected by this scam or if you feel your computer is infected with malware please see the recommended solutions 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.
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- 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.
- 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.