ESET Warns Facebook Users of Viral Ad Scam


ESET researchers have spotted a scam campaign on Facebook that steals the social network users’ payment card details. Instead of buying luxury sunglasses at a 90% discount, shoppers might end up victims of a payment card fraud.

In several countries, among them Slovakia, Czech Republic, Chile, China, France, Spain andthe United Kingdom, Facebook users are facing a wave of spam advertisements that are spread via hacked Facebook accounts which attackers have taken control of using malware and social engineering tactics.

Without the owner’s consent, they post pictures promoting heavily discounted Ray-Ban sunglasses. When trying to buy them at bogus e-shops, the victims face several risks. On top of losing few dollars oncounterfeit goods, their payment card detailsfall into the hands of the crooks behind the campaign – and as their data travels across the internetunencrypted, anyone can intercept it to steal money.

Additional details about the scam, as well as ESET’s recommendations to avoid falling victim to it, can be found in an article on ESET’s official blog, WeLiveSecurity.com

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