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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Scam or No Scam

Folks, we still get quite a few scams and potentially damaging links posted on the wall so I've devised this little checklist where you can get an almost completely foolproof guide to what is a scam or not.

It offers 465 Free Horseshoes - SCAM - 465 Shoes is the biggest bundle you can buy and the number seems to have been picked up by Scammers. See 465? Run.

It's not a known company - SCAM - Zynga will only do marketing with known companies, they gain nothing from titles such as "Zynga Giveaway" etc. If it's not an advert for a real company, run.

It has a Blogspot address - SCAM - Blogspot is a free service which is desirable for two reasons. Firstly it's replaceable at no cost, secondly it allows the running of malicious scripts to add things to your computer. If a company was legitimate enough to give Horseshoes (and there aren't really any) they'd afford a proper URL.

It uses a URL shortening service - SCAM - If the URL contains NSFW,, TinyURL etc, then you have to ask yourself just what they're hiding. Usually it's that they're nasty little scammers.

It uses a address - NOT SCAM (Usually) - is Zynga's own in house URL, these will usually be trustworthy. However, when surfing, ALWAYS hover over links you're not sure of and look in the status bar bottom left of your browser window and make sure that the link shown there is the same as the link on screen.

"Masking" links by giving a different text is a well known scam technique. Use the following links as a guide, both will look the same, but hover your mouse over them (don't click them, they won't take you anywhere!)

See the difference?

It wants you to post before you get anything - SCAM - These scammers want you to do their dirty work for them. They'll ask you to copy and paste a certain bit of text, usually involving giveaway phrases (See next point) into pages (often giving you links like our page) and/or friend's pages and spin you some ridiculous line about being able to track your account and see when you've done it, then they'll send the Horseshoes. It's all *words removed due to family nature of website* with bells on.

It says "Watch the beautiful video testimonials inside. It's a great website indeed!" - SCAM - This is one of the giveaway phrases they all use.

"I just found a legit website..." - SCAM - Another giveaway phrase they all use, at least this is nicely ironic. Using the phrase "This is not a scam!" is often another ironic giveaway.

It's a banner on the Frontierville app page (usually just below the game) - NOT A SCAM - Zynga team up with known companies to give out horseshoes as marketing, usually in return for us looking at a product or giving over our email address, the company pays Zynga for this as it's advertising. These are legit and usually only give away 3-10 Horseshoes max.