Facebook users are being confronted with an ongoing threat to their security and privacy via the proliferation of Facebook survey scams.
Survey scams attempt to trick users into submitting their personal information to unscrupulous online marketers. Here’s how a typical survey scam operates:
However, no matter how many surveys they complete, users will never receive the prize promised in the original message or any other rewards.
Keep your personal info personal!
Some of the bogus survey pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details. Others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number in order to proceed with the prize claim. By supplying their mobile number, users are actually subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services billed at several dollars per message.
The people who operate these scam promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim participates in a survey.
Victims tricked into participating may be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.
Know how to spot the real deal:
Of course, many organizations regularly run perfectly legitimate competitions and prize giveaways. But, there are major differences between a genuine promotion and a Facebook survey scam:
Better to be safe than sorry
If one of these survey scam posts appears on your Wall, simply delete it. Do not click on any links in the message. If you do click a link, do not carry out any of the instructions listed on the bogus promotional page.
For more advice on staying safe online, check out iiNet’s Online Safety Series fact sheets and stay tuned for more advice from ‘Hoax-Slayer’ Brett Christensen.