iPad scammers pwn Lady Gaga's Facebook page
We're plastic but we'll still have fun...
Fraudsters have hit gold after they managed to successfully plant an iPad-themed scam on the Facebook fan page of Lady Gaga.
The page has 45 million fans, so only a minute percentage need to click for scammers to tap into an Xmas-themed windfall. The bogus messages claim the pop-star is running an iPad competition on the back of some sort of marketing deal with Apple.
Fans are invited to sign up to the competition for a chance to win a supposed "Lady Gaga Edition iPad".
"The webpage users were directed to was hosted on the free blogspot service, and has since been removed. Anyone who clicked on the link, and filled in online forms, may have unwittingly handed their personal information to scammers and potentially helped them earn revenue by completing online surveys," net security firm Sophos reports.
The scam message was pulled an hour after it first appeared, limiting the potential for damage. Even so records show that more than 120,000 people clicked on the offending link.
The Facebook pages of the bands Maroon 5 and Blink 182 were also reported as having been hit by similar scams.
Survey scams have been endemic on Facebook for months. Marks are invited to fill in worthless surveys, earning scammers a commission in the process, in exchange for the supposed opportunity to participate in prize draws. In many cases marks are induced to sign up for premium rate SMS services of dubious utility. ®
omg dats like soooo annoyin i filled it out 4 all me n my friendz wanted free ipad omg a carnt believe summat like dad wud happen on facebook its sooo bad why arent their protection on the site!!!!"
> Proof (if needed) people really are DIM.
No, they just don't spend as much time trawling the internet as you do, nor do they necessarily have the time to do so.
I know lots of very intelligent people who just don't understand this because *it's not their profession*!! They have to deal with psychiatric patients (I couldn't do what my other half does in this area) or deal with legal matters. They concentrate on their own area and they're very, very good at it. They just don't have the time to sit down and spend lots of time learning all the ins-and-outs that computer people take for granted.
Get over it.
(I dunno why I re-signed up to this site... I'll just get downvoted by the people who don't seem to realise that there is actually a life out there...)
(Ok, I just did it for the handle...)
you're like the fat kid who laughs at the joke when everyone else has moved on. Never mind son, at least you've got a level 99 elf with horse armour.