As Halloween approaches, most people start thinking about what costume they want to wear this year. Cybercriminals and scammers, on the other hand, start thinking about what tricks to pull.
Trend Micro experts have spotted several scams on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. On YouTube, for instance, the scammers have set up videos entitled something like “Get Free $1,000 Visa Gift Card for Halloween Customers GIVEAWAY.”
The links from the video’s description takes users to a scam site that instructs them to hand over their personal information, and take part in all sorts of shady surveys in order to win prizes.
On Twitter, scammers are promising “FREE Halloween Candy.” On Facebook, users are lured to scam websites with advertisements that read “Prepare for a spooky Halloween with a free candy bundle!”
Around Halloween, a lot of companies run various promotions. However, if you want to make sure that an ad you spot online is real, check out the organization’s legitimate website and social media accounts. If there’s no mention of a contest, you’re likely dealing with a scam.
Check out the gallery to see what these scams look like.