You’ve probably seen the groups on Facebook, promising to reveal some horrific truth about something, or show you an awesome picture that is so good that you need to be a part of that group to see it. Well, in the words of Admiral Ackbar, It’s a trap!
Stan Schroeder over on Mashable is reporting what people with common sense have known for ages, that these groups are indeed, a trap. The latest in these groups is one which is called “I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video.”
Just for you the readers, I actually followed the link to find out what was there. It took some searching to find it on Facebook. The group is gone, but I could still find open events, with a single comment containing a link. You’re asked to share this to 7 other people, but even if you did the counter does not go down.
There is a link that says ‘Bored of waiting, go here’. Click on that and you are taken to a completely different site. This site promises you either 1000 in Matalan vouchers, free UK sim cards or a free Xbox 360 in exchange for you doing a servey. The site then asks you for your personal information including your full name, e-mail address, address, date of birth and phone numbers!
I would highly recommend you do not follow any groups like this on Facebook, as they are all scams. I would also recommend that you share this article on Facebook to teach all your friends that these groups want nothing but your personal information. Tell them to stop clicking on those links. It’s for their safety.
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