Facebook scam: Get a Free Pair of Oakleys! (limited time only)

A new Facebook scam exploits your desire to get a free pair of Oakleys sunglasses. Don't just blindly click on suspicious links. Remember: if it's too good to be true, it's probably a scam.

Facebook scammers are once again trying to trick users who can't help but click on every link promising something free. This time it's a free pair of Oakleys sunglasses that doesn't exist. Don't click it, don't Like it, and don't Share it.

This particular scam says something along the lines of "Get a Free Pair of Oakleys! (limited time only)" followed by a fraudulent link. Some Facebook users are tacking on their own comments to the beginning of the shared link. It also has the following description: "To celebrate the Summer, Oakley is giving away free shades to all facebook users!!"

The link takes you to a Facebook Page that tries to trick you into thinking there are only a few Oakleys sunglasses remaining. To participate, the scam tells you to share the Page with your friends, then Like the scam Page, and then complete six "reward offers" that likely cost you real money. Furthermore, your personal data (such as your name, address, phone number, and date of birth) is shared with other marketers, sponsors, and scammers.

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. You're also often told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills. Last but not least, they also use the scams 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 Messages and Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up, Unlike all relevant Pages, and uninstall all relevant Apps, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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