Today I received a text message stating that I had won a $1,000 Walmart gift card. It required me to follow a link to a website. According to Walmart the website sends you through a series of sponsored sites in addition asking you to provide personal information and post the link on Facebook.
If you did make the mistake of sharing the scam link, then you are now spamming your friends with the very same message. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).
Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!
Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.
Also check out:
Your Ultimate Guide to Facebook Scams and How to Deal with Them
How to spot a Facebook Survey Scam
If you receive an email or text saying you've won the $1,000 gift card... DO NOT RESPOND! Instead, copy the information and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clear View wants you to be safe and informed. The same applies to window tinting companies. Remember the old saying... "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is".