Scammers are great impersonators. They spoof phone numbers, logos, websites… you name it. In this con, they make a scam website look like a Facebook sponsored giveaway. Don’t fall for it!
How the Scam Works
You are browsing online with your smartphone, and, suddenly, a popup appears. “Congratulations,” it reads, “you’re today’s lucky visitor.” The prize is a $1,000 gift card, and you can select from a list of famous stores. You only have two minutes to claim your prize, so you better decide quickly.
Don’t fall for it! The site looks like Facebook -- scammers used the site’s colors, font, and blue navigation bar – but there is no affiliation. The con artists also give their phony giveaway another level of credibility. They use a technology to insert the model of phone you are using to browse online. In this example, the target is identified as a “loyal Apple customer.”
How to Spot a Giveaway or Gift Card Scam:
For More Information
Facebook is a BBB Accredited Business. Learn more about scams that appear to be from Facebook here.
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.