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Wednesday 9 March 2011

465 Free Horseshoes?!....Ummmm NO!

We all LOVE a freebie, right? The lure of getting something for nothing can turn even the most level headed surfer into a horseshoe blinded click happy fool!

Some very unscrupulous people have noticed this genetic desire we seem to have to be unable to stop clicking on something just because they offer us something we want. You may have seen comments posted like this -

As you can see, they don't post it just once...Have you ever wondered why they do this? Basically this is what YOU will be asked to do in order to "collect" your 500 HS.

Clicking on that link will probably (I haven't clicked) take to you to a website where it gives you a link to copy and paste in as many places as you can, X amount of times. They suggest that they are able to count how many times you do this, and once you have completed your mini mission the horseshoes will be added to your account.

Unfortunately, the Horseshoes never appear, but you might find yourself lumbered with is some lovely shiny Malware, Adware and other delightful viruses, just for visiting their website in the first place.

Of course, the more people they can get to their site, the more people get tracked and so the scam continues.

The ONLY way you can get free horseshoes is in-game by levelling up etc, and official Zynga competitions. (And trading in the Inn Collection)

However, it's not just Horseshoe links that are malicious - remember "OMG this girl KILLED herself after....." ? This was exactly the same thing; another devilishly clever way of flicking our nosey "buttons" to get us to click and hooked into a similar tracking scam.

When faced with an offer telling you can get something for free, it's probably a big fat lie - when faced with something that tells you have to go to a link and post up hundreds of the same link to get something for "free" it's definitely an even bigger and fatter lie!

At times like these I like to remember the wise words of one Judge Judy who said "If it smells like a's probably a rat."

Some of them are cleverer than others so if it doesn't smell like a rat, it's still better to check before clicking on anything. This is a good site for checking out the latest scams and viruses - - Click it if you dare! ;)

(It's ok, you can click on it)

Safe surfing everyone!

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