Scammers are at it again taking advantage of the charitable organization’s ‘One Day Without Shoes’ campaign and infecting computers with malware.
With its “One for One” policy of donating shoes to someone in need for every pair bought, but that benevolent spirit is being capitalized on in a new Facebook scam.
According to Security Daily News, messages have been spreading around Facebook flaming Toms is giving away free shoes, but these are bogus offers that direct users to click on a link that sets in motion a string of annoying and potentially malicious actions.
The trouble doesn’t stop there. After requesting users to “like” or “share” the page, which spreads like wild fire to all your Facebook friends, the scam invites users to download “dubious toolbars, games or software,” Hoax-Slayer wrote, and in some cases it tells people they must enter their cell phone number to win the prize, obviously not the case, “thereby subscribing to ludicrous expensive text messaging services.”
This particular scam has some steam pushing it ahead since Tom has designated April 10 as “One Day Without Shoes,” in which people are urged to forgo footwear to spread awareness on the impact shoes can make on the life of a child.
When Tom got wind of this scam going around, he posted on his own Facebook page a message advising his fans that the free-shoe pages “are in no way associated with TOMS.”
We advice all Scambook users to always be suspicious of Facebook offers, do not trust anything “free” or “exclusive,” and if you’re asked to fill out a survey or divulge any personal information, we repeat DO NOT DO IT! Running up to date anti virus software on your computer will help detect potential threats.
Scambookers, have any of you seen this bogus offer on Facebook?