By now you’re probably aware of the many fake gift card scams that are making the rounds on the Internet.
Well, now there’s a semi-offline version that’s affecting people nationwide here in the United States.
The scammers never seem to take a break from Facebook, and right now they’re targeting folks who enjoy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings.
This is simply a new take on the old “free gift card” scams that are always being perpetrated on Facebook.
There are several variations of this scam going around, but all the ones I’ve seen are claiming that Buffalo Wild Wings will give you a coupon good for 50 free wings simply for sharing and commenting on that Facebook post. [Read more…]
Email scams have been around almost as long as email itself, and the problem seems to be getting worse instead of better.
Add in all the scams that are constantly making the rounds on social media and it’s easy to see that fraud is a major problem in today’s connected world.
There’s a rather tempting email and social media scam that pops up every now and then, and unfortunately it’s making the rounds again right now.
Unfortunately, this scam is quite easy to fall for because of the way it’s perpetrated.
It’s called the “Get a Free Gift Card” scam, and there are several variations of it that I’ve seen to date. Here are the three that rear their ugly heads most often: [Read more…]
As you probably know, scammers love to target the customers of popular retail establishments by sending out fake “offers” in those company’s names.
The Lowes and Target scams (and several others) make the rounds at least once a year so most folks nowadays know to simply ignore them, but now there’s a new retailer scam making the rounds that’s sure to become another infamous classic.
This scam is targeting customers of the CVS pharmacy chain via a series of fake emails telling potential victims that they’ve qualified to receive a free CVS gift card, free reward points or some other gift of value.
Like most other scams, this one arrives in a variety of forms. In fact, just yesterday I received emails with each of these headlines in my email inbox: [Read more…]
As you probably know, scammers are coming at you from every direction these days.
I try my best to keep you up-to-date on the latest scams that are making the rounds, and now there’s a new one involving iTunes gift cards that a lot of kind-hearted individuals are falling for.
As usual, there are several variations of this scam but they all depend on the scammer gaining the victim’s trust over time.
In a nutshell, the scammers befriend someone on a social media site (most often Facebook) and attempt to gain their trust by talking to them via chat or IM.
They’ll keep this dialog going until they feel the victim is “ripe” for exploitation, and then they strike.