It is a problem that is increasing for Facebook. Scammers are using the social network site with the lure of something free. An example is the Ikea gift card:

“A scam Facebook page offering the site’s users a $1,000 Ikea gift card took in nearly 40,000 victims Friday.

It’s the latest example of a new and pernicious trend on the social-networking site as scammers — usually disreputable online marketers trying to earn revenue by generating Web traffic — have flooded Facebook with these fake gift card pages over the past months.”

link: Ikea Gift Card Scam Takes in Nearly 40,000 Facebook Users

If you are absolutely convinced that a firm like Ikea is giving away thousand dollar gift cards, then the story should be covered by the media outlets. There would be a notice on the Ikea site itself. And before you click on that great-looking offer, make sure all your security programs are running and up-to-date. The only thing that might be free with that mouse click is a whole load of trouble.

Catherine Forsythe