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11-14-07, 05:34 PM #1
MySpace Scam Offers Free Macy's Gift Card
Posted Nov 12th 2007 4:16PM by Terrence O'Brien
Filed under: Computers, Advice, MySpace
If you spend any time on the social-networking-site-cum-Internet portal MySpace, then you've definitely seen the scam. It's an offer for a $500 gift card to Macy's. Sometimes it takes the form of a private message, and other times it's a comment on your page. The link can be text or an image, often a picture of a half-naked woman.
Clicking on the link takes the user to a phony MySpace page, where he or she is asked to enter personal information to claim the gift. The information is forwarded to a fraudster, who uses it in credit card fraud and identity theft schemes.
In addition to destroying a person's credit, the scam also grants access to the victim's MySpace account. From here the cycle continues as a new pool of friends is available to send the misleading message to.
It's a classic 'phishing' scam and many MySpace members have already been victims, according the the Daily Mail.
Macy's and news outlets are just now taking note of the scam, despite it having circulated for almost a year. Macy's has posted a message on its Web site warning users to be wary of offers for free gift cards, and that it would never ask for personal information.
A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.
It enriches those who receive it,without making poorer those who give.It takes but a moment, but the memoryof it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that hecan get along without it,and none is so poor but thathe can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,fosters goodwill in business,and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,or stolen, for it is something that is of novalue to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.Give them one of yours, as none needs a smileso much as he who has no more to give.
- author unknown
11-14-07, 07:25 PM #2
Nothings free. Thanks for the post.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
11-15-07, 12:06 AM #3
One of my e-mail accounts keeps getting notices of a free Macy's gift card every week.
I don't even open the e-mail."The statements and opinions contained in this communication do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Commission regarding these issues."
11-15-07, 12:13 AM #4
thats why on myspace, i typically log in from their main page. a HUGE myspace scam will open a window that looks the same, but sends your email/password to a scammer. they usually use it to forward ads and scams under your profile.
sometimes if i'm bored, i'll put in a fake email addy and a password of eatshitanddie.
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