"Starbucks survey scam," X-rated spam target FB and Twitter users

GMA News Online-citing data from computer security firm Trend Micro-reports that "a new survey scam offering free coffee from popular coffee shop chain Starbucks is targeting users of social networking site Facebook and micro-blogging service Twitter."

GMA News Online-citing data from computer security firm Trend Micro-reports that "a new survey scam offering free coffee from popular coffee shop chain Starbucks is targeting users of social networking site Facebook and micro-blogging service Twitter."

 

Accordingt to Trend Micro, the scam is done "via spammed messages, which when clicked can redirect a user to a web page that claims the prize can be claimed only after a ’tweet.’" It explained: "For the first sample, the user is requested to share the link through Twitter, while the second sample requires the user to share it through Facebook."

 

Trend Micro quoted frauds analyst Sarah Calaunan, who revealed that in either case, "clicking the ’CLAIM MY GIFT’ button after sharing the link through Twitter or Facebook leads to a rewards site." The bogus site then requires users to input their mobile number on the sit. Thus, users then unwittingly subscribe to unwanted services.

 

The report also noted that "Facebook members saw their newsfeeds peppered with spammed posts that contained offensive images." The posts contained a malicious link.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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