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IKEA Gift Card Scam on Facebook

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm
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IKEA Gift Card Giveaway scams have hit the mega monster social networking site Facebook. Promising $1000 gift cards to the first ‘X’ number of fans, multiple scam applications on Facebook have cropped up (and been shut down, albeit slowly) by Facebook, but many of our dear IKEA Fans have been duped into providing their personal information to these scammers. The applications, which are using IKEA’s famous yellow and blue color scheme and IKEA’s logo, promise $1000 IKEA Gift Cards to the first 10,o00 fans but the whole thing is bogus – even the comments box on the page is bogus!

Do NOT register on these applications – these are not from IKEA, nor are they legitimate opportunities. Get all the details, and learn how these scams raced throughout another mega social networking site last year, after the jump…

IKEA Gift Card Scams on Twitter

Last year, it was Twitter and many were duped then too into believing that legitimate tweets were coming from legitimate tweeps when in reality they were scam accounts set up to perpetuate the scam. Read my in-depth article about the IKEA Gift Card scam here: IKEA Gift Card Scams.

Please retweet this or post it to Facebook – do whatever is within your personal power to let others know not to get duped!

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2 Responses to “IKEA Gift Card Scam on Facebook”

  1. Lauren says:

    Once I’ve been scammed (I HAVE!) how do I make it so they stop spamming me on my email address and phone? DO you know how I can get rid of this mess?

    Thanks!
    aLauren

  2. David says:

    This scam doesn’t just target IKEA but also Best Buy and any other number of vendors. It can be in the form of a Facebook group, event, or anything similar which can spread virally as people join. Comments are usually disabled so people can’t tip others off, fake testimonials are provided with no way to provide your own for the same reason comments are disabled, and the final page usually also contains some text claiming to be a “secure server” when it makes no attempt at all to use encryption. Please remember – if it looks too good to be true it probably isn’t. I recommend: 1) don’t click on any links in suspicious Facebook groups/events/etc as there is a chance some could be crafted to inject malware, 2) don’t join the Facebook group/event/etc as this will just promote it so your friends might join, 3) use the report link so that Facebook admins at least know to disable access, and 4) post a reply on whatever news feed from your friend tipped you off in the first place. This will warn that person’s other friends to be wary of the phishing attack.

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