Bieber tickets scam was targeting users in Great Britain on Facebook.
Bieber tickets scam targets Facebook users. The tickets were being promoted on Facebook as part of a new Justin Bieber tour. The message read: “WOW! Justin Bieber Is Giving Away Free Concert Tickets Now!”
Justin Bieber fans were lured into the scam with the offer of free concert tickets for his tour. Then it is spreading virally through the status updates of users. “Many of the stars young fans will be desperate to get their hands on concert tickets to see him, but will be actually signing up to a premium rate mobile phone service,” Lauren Indvik of Mashabl, a social media news blog, said in a statement.
On Facebook the unsuspecting users are faced with the status message that reads “WOW! Justin Bieber Is Giving Away Free Concert Tickets Now!” this is followed with a bit.ly link to a false Facebook application that when installed puts the same message on the user’s Facebook status.
Next a post is put on the victim’s wall stating that the user %u201Cjust snagged 4 free tickets to see Justin Bieber! Justin Bieber World Tour%u201D under the headline %u201CJustin Bieber Free Concert Ticket Giveaway!%u201D Users who then continue with the application are then asked to enter their mobile phone number and check an agreement to enter a contest for 50,000.
However, by entering this contest, they are subscribing to the mobile phone service which costs 4.50 per week. A lot of Bierber’s young victim may not be so aware of these types of scam. “This is a dirty rotten trick on youngsters,” stated online security firm Sophos. Sophos is a developer and vendor of security software and hardware, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, network access control, encryption software and data loss prevention for desktops, servers, email systems and other network gateways.