SCAM ALERT: Adidas is giving away free Shoes to EVERYONE
Adidas is giving away free Shoes to EVERYONE to celebrate its birthday!
One of the latest Facebook and survey-scams claims that Adidas is giving away free shoes to everyone to celebrate their birthday. The Facebook scam claims that everyone can obtain a free pair of Adidas shoes if they answer a survey on a third-party website, share the page, and click like. However, this is not true. Adidas is not giving away free shoes to celebrate their birthday (which happens to be August 18).
First, a target visits a website associated with the Facebook scam such as
addidasfree.us. The webpage contains 3 questions that the visitor must answer such as “Have you ever shopped in an Adidas store?” and “Have you ever bought a gift from Adidas Store for a friend or family member?” (Third: Have you ever been dissatisfied by a product you bought from Adidas Store?)
Once the questions have been answered the victim will be directed to another page that says “Congratulations! ! You have been selected to take part in our short survey and get Free pair of Adidas Shoes! We only have 358 Pairs remaining so hurry up!”
The page contains more text that says “Share this page by clicking “SHARE” button and type “Thanks for my Shoes!” in the comments field!” It also contains fake Facebook comments from nonexistent Facebook accounts in order to seem legitimate.
The victim will then be directed to another survey-scam website that contains other bogus offers like “Get a $250 Taco Bell gift card” or “Get a Brand New Red iPhone7!”
Why are survey-scams dangerous?
Survey-scams associated with Facebook are dangerous for many reasons. Many survey-scam websites will contain hidden script that allows them to perform a manual share web attack. The attack is capable of hijacking Facebook accounts that are currently logged into the same computer. In many cases, the attack will install a rogue Facebook app that can manually be removed by the account’s owner once located by going to Settings > Apps.
Once a culprit has access to the Facebook account they can use the account to post on the owner’s behalf, comment, share content, send messages to friends and other people, like malicious content, and collect as much information about the victim and their friends and family members as they can.
The information collected by these types of survey-scams are used for a variety of purposes and 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.
To make matters worse, information such as banking details, credit card information, and other can be obtain by various survey-scams via a hijacked Facebook account.
What to do if you fell for a scam
If you fell for a survey-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.
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.