We all know that using popular products like the Apple iPad coupled with a celebrity's name is a great method for scamming users on Facebook. This one, however, isn't your typical Lady Gaga Facebook scam.
Scammers actually managed to hijack Gaga's Facebook Page and send out the scam to all her fans. They even got her Twitter account too. The bands Maroon 5 and Blink-182 also had their Facebook Pages hit by similar scams, according to Sophos.
The Facebook version said something like "Lady Gaga's new iPad comes out in 3 days! So for the next 72 hours we will be hosting a massive giveaway to all the Mother Monster fans. Sign up and receive your special Lady Gaga edition iPad in time for the Holidays! For contest rules and registration visit the link below." It was then followed by a link titled "Lady Gaga Edition iPad: Lady Gaga's Official iPad Giveaway!" The Twitter version reads as follows: "Monsters, I'm giving away FREE iPad2's to each one of you in the spirit of the holidays :) Go to http://bit.ly/s5MTqM to receive one!"
The Maroon 5 version had the following description: "Hello fans! We're giving away a bunch of iPads for the holidays! OBEY and sign up for one now. Excellent gift for anyone!" I wasn't able to grab the text for the Blink-182 variant as it had already been taken down.
If you follow the accompanying link, you are redirected to a webpage hosted on Google's Blogger service, under the blogspot.com domain. Thankfully, this particular webpage has already been taken down, but not before over 100,000 users had navigated to it. The administrators of the aforementioned Facebook Pages have also removed the scam posts. It's not clear how they managed to gain access to posting as the celebrities themselves, but clearly whoever manages these Pages needs to look into how they are securing them.
Lady Gaga is much more popular on Facebook compared to Maroon 5 and Blink-182, which is probably why her version of the scam was a bit more descriptive. Her Facebook Page has 45.7 million Likes, compared to 7.9 million Likes and 5.7 million Likes, respectively.
The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.
As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and Unlike any relevant Pages, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.
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