Monday, April 5, 2010

Whole Foods working to curb Facebook-based scam

Upscale grocery conglomerate Whole Foods Market said Friday that it is continuing to clamp down on a series of Facebook-based scams that entice users with a purported $500 gift card from the Austin, Texas-based supermarket chain.

The scam has been spreading virally through Facebook via "fan pages" with names like "Whole Foods Market Free $500 Gift Card Limited - first 12,000 fans only" and "Whole Foods FREE $500 Gift Card! Only Available for 36 hours!" The fan page asks Facebook users to add it as a fan, thus pushing awareness of the page through those users' Facebook networks, and then asks them to fill out a credit assessment and other forms that request personal information. The scam then uses a form of malware to crash users' computers and the information they have entered is left vulnerable. 

I know I usually stick to political stuff on this blog, but I have so many friends on Facebook I felt I had to pass this one along... be careful always... I think most (probably all) of you would run in the other direction if asked for personal info, but it never hurts to pass along another warning just in case.

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