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SCAM ALERT: Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook Scam

Briefing

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

alertSCAM ALERT!

THIS IS A FACEBOOK LIKE-FARMING SCAM
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A GIFT IF YOU LIKE OR SHARE FACEBOOK PAGES OR POSTS

Description

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

Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook Scam

The Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook page has published several posts on the social network that claim they are giving away a trunk full of groceries every month for a year, a free Christmas, and more.

This like-farming scam can easily be debunked because it is identical to another like farming-scam by a Facebook page named Mystery Christmas Gifts. Also, a reverse image search of the images conclude that the images can be tracked down to various locations on the web. The Facebook page does not own the photographs they use and the images did not originate from the Facebook page.

Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook Scam 2

Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook Scam 1

For example, the image of a trunk full of groceries used in one of their posts can be tracked back to a Huffington Post article published in 2012. The image actually produces over 22,000,000 results on Google.

Mystery Santas 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 designed to trick Facebook users into liking the page and sharing the posts in order to dupe more Facebook users and acquire targets who believe the posts.

The Mystery Santas Gifts Facebook page essentially utilizes this scam to promote their websites and products they sell online (http://spinnerlover.info and blade-city.com). The Facebook page has shared various articles from the website in hopes to obtain visitors. One of the websites they bolster contains 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).” The products they sell online are cheap knives.

Examples

The winner will get a trunk full of groceries every month for a full year! DOES ANYONE WANT IT? Hit LIKE & SHARE COMMENT “ME” if you would accept this prize
Winner must like this page to win: Mystery Santas Gifts

ONE WINNER WILL GET A COMPLETELY FREE CHRISTMAS!!! Who wants it?
LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN
Comment ” I WANT”
Winner must like this page: Mystery Santas Gifts

Why are like-farming scams dangerous?

Like-farming scams are dangerous because they 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 purpose) 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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