The $500 Costco card scam

Many respondents to a recent Microsoft survey expressed concern about trickier scams that are happening on social networks. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center recently blogged about one of these new scams that claims to offer a free Costco gift card to all Facebook users.

But don’t click the link. If you want to see what would happen if you clicked it and followed the instructions, read A Facebook scam, end to end.

If you see any kind of offer that looks too good to be true, it probably is. Always check the official company or product website to see if it mentions the offer.

For more information on how you can avoid becoming a scam victim, see Email and web scams: how to help protect yourself.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    thanks for the heads up on this awful scam. Keep up the good work!

  2. Anonymous

    The good old days of being a casual computer user are over! You must actively learn how to protect yourself and others by not clicking on everything that pops up on your screen.

    Don't rely on your computer geek friend to do your thinking for you. You are operating the computer thus your are responsible and accountable if anything thing happens.

    Common sense is the best defense against everything!

  3. Anonymous

    as i have a new laptop with high security files for the US MIlitary and also many lawyers,,i beleive that i can certainly say that the facebook chat site is safer now since the stalkers online for teenagers i have caught two and this is the truth..beleive that i wish also to be a lawer and will not have this bullying on line for myself of others,,andrea prunner of morrisburg,ontario,canada

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