Well, phishing is alive and well, still and again…
This has been something that has been an ongoing menace to unsuspecting people and can cause lots of problems. It can cause a person’s personal identifying information to be compromised, a.k.a. identity theft. It can cause someone’s email address book to be breached and those email addresses to be at risk.
Yes, phishing is alive and well and specifically, just recently announced in this article about a scam involving a clone of the Starbucks’ Facebook page and Tim Horton’s Facebook page.
As our friends at Sophos explain, offers purporting to be from Tim Hortons started targeting Canadian users Monday. Users were asked to “Like” a page and share it with Facebook friends in exchange for free coffee.
Do not give your email address to these rogue companies. Do not “Like” their pages or share the scam with your friends.
Today, the scam has spread to include Starbucks. Tim Horton’s is primarily a Canadian chain and the ubiquity of Starbucks makes U.S. users potential targets.
The danger with these sorts of scams is that they can spread so quickly across social networks. Unlike email chain letter scams of the past, these scams can post to your Facebook page and instantly entice others into falling for the same rouse.
If you have been a victim, change your passwords, and read the article for additional precautions, etc.
Yes, I love technology and all that it has allowed us to do and learn. But don’t we all dislike hearing this type of story? Too bad there have to be people who would stoop to this!
Let me know what you think. Let me know if you or someone you know has been hit by this.