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Subway $100 Gift Card Scam

There is a scam gong around Facebook that promises a free $100 Subway Gift Card. You have to give up some personal information. I was kind of duped into giving up my name, address, and phone #. What does this mean? Am I going to get a bunch of spams in my email and bunch of junk mail, and annoying phone calls? I did not accept any of the offers. That is when I figured out what was going on. Should I be worried?

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/05/11/free-subway-gift-card-spam-spreading-on-facebook/

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You might start receving spam, phone

calls, etc. for other scams. According to the Sophos link, it doesn't sound like there is a trojan or other malware at the other end of this but giving them personal information was their primary objective.

There are 100's of these things floating around on Facebook and they are ALL scams. I am assuming that you have "liked" the Sophos page so you get warning of other scams and can share them to warn your friends.

If not, I would suggest you do that.

http://www.facebook.com/SophosSecurity Here are some others to follow.

F-Secure
http://www.facebook.com/pages/F-Secure/107471754306

And the one that probably posts the more warnings is Facecrooks
http://www.facebook.com/Facecrooks

All three are good pages to follow.

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Another Source to Consider..

msoucy..

More often than not, I try to post these type of Facebook/Twitter scams and warnings, in this forums' News thread. The sole purpose in doing so, is to try to prevent what happened with you. Keep in mind, you're not only risking your own privacy, but that of your "friends".

I posted "Free Subway gift card spam spreading on Facebook", in the May 11th thread.

It might help to take a quick look at the thread, every now and then. It only takes a minute or so, to glance through it. Which is a lot less time it would take, cleaning up the resulting damage it might cause.

Just something to consider..
Carol

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The calls have already started

I got one this morning offering me a free Visa gift card. We have caller ID so if it's not a number that I don't recognize then we don't answer the phone. Will the calls eventually stop? Is there a way to prevent these calls? I'm sure I'm going to get bunch of spam too. Why hasn't someone shut this web site down especially since they're using Subway's logo for their own profit?

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I Doubt This Will Help... BUT..

msoucy..

Because it's a result of a scam, I'm tending to doubt registering with the Do Not Call Registry will help. Sad

Are you registered with them? It may not help with your present calls, but it's worth it for preventing telemarketing calls.

You asked how to prevent it. The only way you're going to prevent it in the future, is by assuming anything offered for FREE, is a scam. Until you can prove otherwise. If you have doubts, google it. AFAIC, very little is ever offered for free. There's always something attached to it. With that mindset, you won't find yourself a victim of a scam.

This is the type of emails you might expect:

Free SandwichFree Subway for a week - details inside

This MIGHT help:

Your Ultimate Guide to Facebook Scams and How to Deal with Them

I realize this is of no consolation but .. "it could have been worse". At least it didn't involve "malware".

I wish I could have offered more...
Carol

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An Added Note..
Change your password!

According to Warning: Free Subway Gift Card Scam on Facebook, Web, at the Complaints Board website:

'There is a scam floating around the web today offering a free Subway gift card for just clicking on a 'Like' Facebook button. We just verified with Subway that is is in deed a scam and is not affiliated with Subway by any means.

The URL for the fake site is: http: // www.footlongspromotion.com/

Do not click on these buttons as it's likely the scammer would get your Facebook password. If you have clicked on these links, as a precaution you should change your password. The site also tries to collect your credit card info after you get through a few pages. [Screenshot]
'

Some additional information about the Do Not Call Registry from the Federal Trade Commission site:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/donotcall/index.html

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