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SCAM ALERT: Mystery Christmas Gifts Facebook Scam

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A Facebook page named Mystery Christmas Gifts claims that they are giving away gifts for Christmas to Facebook users who share their posts and like their page.

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A LIKE-FARMING FACEBOOK SCAM DESIGNED TO EXTORT PAYMENT
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REWARD FOR SHARING AND LIKING FACEBOOK PAGES OR POSTS

Description

One of the latest like-farming Facebook scams syndicated by a Facebook page named Mystery Christmas Gifts claims that they are giving away presents for Christmas to Facebook users who share their posts, comment on their posts, and like their page.

Mystery Christmas Gifts Facebook

The Mystery Christmas Gifts Facebook page has previously published Facebook posts claiming that Facebook users can win Christmas gifts if they follow directions in their posts; However, the posts are currently gone.

Mystery Christmas Gifts is not giving away Christmas gifts to Facebook users who follow the instructions they post on the social network. This is a common like-farming scam that can be linked to advanced-fee fraud. The scam is designed to trick Facebook users into liking the page and sharing the post in order to dupe more Facebook users and acquire targets who believe the post. The fraudulent posts also help the Facebook page promote their own website and purchases that may not be legitimate. They page promotes a VIP service that they claim will help you win prizes.

The Mystery Christmas Gifts Facebook page also utilizes this scam to promote their website (http://spinnerlover.info). The Facebook page has shared various articles from the website in hopes to obtain visitors. The website contains what appears to be viral-type click-bait content such as “Robber beaten by victim in ATM room” and “New Camper Will Forever Change The Way People Enjoy The Outdoors From Now On (video).”

Examples

Mystery Christmas Gifts example

HO HO HO! It is snowing live! There are only 57 days left until Christmas!🎅🏼🎅🏼
#SHARE it if you wish you were in this wonderful place right now! 
But dont forget to like Mystery Christmas Gifts

 

who wants to win

Why are like-farming scams dangerous?

The like-farming scam is dangerous because it can be used to extort money from victims who believe the fraudulent posts. In some cases, the scammer will contact Facebook users and claim that they wont the prize; However, they did not actually win anything. The scammer will then claim that an advanced payment for shipping (or other) is needed in order to obtain the prize.

Scammers can also obtain information from a targets Facebook page, including information about their friends, where they work, where they live, and more. The information can be used for many reasons such as marketing and future scams.

The information collected by scammers is often sold and shared with numerous parties. Victims may get calls from scam artists, robocallers, fake pharmacies, and more. They may also receive unsolicited mail at home and unwanted email messages.

What to do if you fell for a scam

If you fell for a Facebook scam like this it is recommended to immediately locate and remove rogue Facebook apps, change your password, and log your account out of other locations. You should also scan your computer with Antivirus or Antimalware software such as Malwarebytes to eradicate malware and other malicious trace files and website data from your computer.

If your account shared content without your permission make sure to remove the content from your Facebook account in order to stop the scam from spreading to your friends, family, and other people.

To ensure the safety of your bank or credit details it is suggested to contact your bank or credit card company to receive more instructions.

  • If you liked a page or post, unlike it.
  • If you shared dubious content, delete it.

How to uninstall rogue Facebook apps

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Hover your mouse over the rogue Facebook app and click the X to remove it. If you cannot find a rogue Facebook app it is likely that a rogue Facebook app was not installed. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes to ensure no malware has infiltrated your computer system.

How to change your Facebook password

  1. Sign into your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security and Login.
  2. This page will tell you where your account is logged in. To change your password select Change password, type your current password, and type your new password twice.
  3. Click Save Changes.

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