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Valentine’s Day Scam / Spam

It seems the spammers and scammers of the world know something about human tendencies. Right around a holiday, they begin various spamming campaigns related to that particular day. Here’s the latest one I discovered this morning on Facebook. They’ve already managed to ‘hook’ over 69,000 unsuspecting FB users with this alleged Victoria’s Secret marketing campaign. :)

As Saint Valentine is coming up, Victoria Secret has decided to give away 260,000 Gift Cards for free shopping at our stores. Each Voucher ranges from $100 to $1000.

How does this work? Follow these steps :

Step 1 : Click on “Join” at the top of the page.

Step 2 : Click ” Invite Friends” at the top of the page and select your friends and click SUBMIT. Gift voucher you receive depends upon amount of friends you invite.

Invite 50 Friends = $100 Voucher
Invite 100 Friends = $250 Voucher
Invite 200 Friends = $500 Voucher
Invite 500 Friends = $1000 Voucher

[NOTE : To select friends faster, press TAB and SPACE repeatedly.]

Step 3: <- Go here after completing above two steps to redeem your card.

* Note: Only Available to United States users

Now hold on a minute. This is from Victoria’s Secret right? And they are giving away 500 to each of the first 260,000 attendees to this Facebook event? Right. Do the math. The average Facebooker has 200 friends. 260,000 x $500 = $130 MILLION big ones. I don’t think VS would spend 130 mil on a social media ad campaign. Their ROI would be abysmally below that price point.

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day all and avoid the scammers out there.

Cheers!  :)

One Response to “Valentine’s Day Scam / Spam”

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