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article imageFacebook scam promises free $100 McDonald's gift card

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 10, 2012 in Internet
Another survey scam has recently surfaced on Facebook and is making the rounds across the network. The scam promises users a free $100 McDonald's gift card.
If you see a post show up on your Facebook News Feed that states you can receive a free $100 McDonald's gift card, it's a scam. The post is not affiliated with any McDonald's promotion, according to Hoax-Slayer.
"The message is a typical survey scam", Hoax-Slayer reports.
Not unlike previous survey scams, this one attempts to lure users to click a link that installs a rogue Facebook application. The post informs victims they have to install the app as a condition of receiving the free gift card.
Screen grab of Facebook scam post
Screen grab of Facebook scam post
Naked Security blog
Once the app is running, it sends out additional posts to the friends of infected users, advertising the fake promotion.
It seems there are a few varieties of this scam. Some versions will ask the victim to fill out a survey that includes solicitation of personal information with lure of an entry in a prize drawing; these surveys are designed to earn the scammers money. Additionally, this could potentially lead to identity and financial theft.
Other versions of the scam instruct the victim to download a toolbar, game or software. A third version is reported to instruct users to supply a cellphone number in order to get the free card, however this leads to an "unwitting subscription to insanely expensive text messaging services," reports Sophos' Naked Security blog.
This is not the first time McDonald's is the focus of a Facebook scam. In 2010, the Better Business Bureau reported posts that said, "OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this." Users that clicked the link were lead to a program that attempted to steal passwords.
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