You learn a few things when you're constantly reading and researching. Browse the internet for info instead of pleasure sometimes. I know you may log into Facebook or Twitter and become completely consumed ( I'm guilty too sometimes, although not so much Facebook anymore). Like many popular social sites, once they become extremely popular with the public, they also become popular to crooks and scam artists eager to get your information and flood your profile and inbox with SPAM!
UGHHH! I hate spam, and it drives me away from those sites. Recently, I came upon an article on MSN.COM about Facebook cautioning users to be aware of GIFT CARD SCAMS. I frequent Facebook and I did not get that warning.... So this is for those of you, who also may not have gotten the message.
A fraudulent $1,000 IKEA gift card offer fooled and lured in over 70,000 users to a scam page. How it works is, a "supposed" friend of yours posts a comment on your wall or writes you a message with a link with offers to popular retailers like Wal-Mart & Best Buy. You click the link and then are taken to a third party site to provide your personal information & even your credit/debit card. After submitting you are then taken to the retailer's actual site, to make you think the scam is legit. After you are directed to that retailer site, the scammer already has your information to use at their pleasure. They may even begin to message or write on your friend's walls, using your name/i.d.