Facebook Vampire Contact Lenses
How the scam works:
Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites around, and many fans use the pages to find and share information about their favorite things.
One of the most discussed subjects nowadays is, of course, the phenomenon that is the Twilight series, most specifically Breaking Dawn. A fake Facebook page promising visitors free merchandise related to the film if they “like” or share it has already bamboozled over 40,000 teens out of their personal identification information.
The page promises a free pair of vampire contact lenses to anyone who “likes” or shares it with friends. Once the page has been “liked”, the scammers who have set up the bogus link now have access to the victim’s personal identifying information. In order to get the free contact lenses, users are required to visit a website where they fill in their name, email address, phone number, and even address! Indeed, there is no prize for that…
Sadly, there is no Edward to save the day in this scenario.
How to avoid:
The old tenet “If it seems too good to be true it probably is” holds very true here. The creators and promoters of the Twilight franchise have denied hosting any Facebook pages or giveaways involving the movie. Be aware that scammers are getting incredibly more sophisticated in creating these fake promotions, so caution is the key to protecting your identity. Report the page to Facebook. If you really are into getting free stuff online or want to participate in rewards programs, use only legitimate companies. One of the most trustworthy service out there is Swagbucks.com, which is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.