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Facebook scam targets Rolling Stones fans

Facebook scam targets Rolling Stones fans
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Rolling Stones fans beware! There's a new Facebook scam out to get you!

The Stones will be on tour this summer, and their tickets have been selling out like cronuts! So then, it should come as no surprise that scammers will give you "special offers" and discount tickets to their sold-out shows.

It's a classic bait-and-switch move. The bait? A 14-ticket giveaway to the Rolling Stones concert. The switch? You have to share the site on Facebook before you can proceed. Because your friends are more likely to click on something their friends recommend,  scammers potentially could steal information or infect computers with malware and viruses for hundreds or thousands of people.

As tempting as it may seem, don't click on it. There are several warning signs.

  • Why should you share this page before you know what's up with it? It would be like signing a contract then finding out what you signed weeks later.
  • The details page of this scam has a few spelling errors. For example, information was spelled as informations. It could be a simple typo, or it could be a tell-tale sign that English is not the scammer's first language. Look for typos, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Also keep a lookout for strange phrases. This particular scam wants you to "contact us under giveaway@rollingstones.com". Seriously? Who says contact us under? That's a red flag.
  • Beware of limited-time offers. Scammers like to create a sense of urgency to get you to act fast, before you can even think that it might be a scam.

Want to know more about the dangers of certain scams? Click here to learn about the different types of scams and what you can do to keep yourself protected. 

 

 

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