Whole Foods Facebook Scam
With 400+ million people on Facebook, scammers are foaming at the mouth. Who they target doesn't matter. No one is safe. The angles scammers use are broad as well.
The latest target are those who are Whole Food enthusiasts.
The health and organic grocery chain appears to be offering gift cards, but of course they aren't. The pages are reportedly collecting thousands of fans, which grab sensitive user data, including obtaining info related to credit assessments. After giving the requested information, users watch their computers crash as their identities are completely exposed, according to reports.
Some of the pages ask users to suggest the page to their friends to become fans, which apparently requires a step to sign up for the gift card.
Reports indicate that the food store chain is trying to shut the scammers down as quickly as possible and is also trying to notify folks via Twitter about the hoax.
“It’s a scam, unaffiliated and unauthorized by us!” says one tweet. “Please help us report these pages so Facebook can shut them down.”
If you are a victim of these hoaxes, it's suggested that you report the pages to Facebook. To do that, scroll to the bottom of the Page and click “Report Page.”
Despite the hoax, the company does have an official Facebook page. To get real content from and about the supermarket, check out the official Facebook page.