Vampire fans, beware: a new online scam offering "vampire" contact lenses in time for the upcoming "Twilight" movie "Breaking Dawn" threatens to bleed your accounts dry.
Security blog "Hot for Security" said "Twilight" fans who fall for the scam risk losing money - and their online credentials.
"The link (in the email) redirects users to a phishing page to select a prize and enter their e-mail to get free “official” Twilight merchandise. The web site redirects again to a free tickets page where users are also asked for their e-mail," it said.
Fans are waiting for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″" to open in several European countries on November 14 and in US movie theaters on November 16.
The blog said a new "Twilight" Facebook page has already attracted more than 35,000 fans, most of them young women.
"This is not the first time scammers take advantage of the vampire saga’s excited fans. In August, Facebook users were tricked with a fake death video that alleged Robert Pattinson passed away because a nervous breakdown due to emotional stress. Last year, a Twilight game scam also spread on Facebook to steal personal details after a bogus questionnaire," it noted.
It said the page lures victims with free Twilight Vampire contact lenses that may come in different colors including gold, red, or black.
But those who click on the links are made to follow several steps, including to “like” the fake post and share it with their friends to increase the scam’s popularity.
They are then made to click a consumer reward link, with the scammers advising, “Be sure to choose if you want Golden, Red, or Black contacts!”
A "congratulations" message then asks "Twilight" fans for the jackpot, though it is the scammers who may emerge the winners.
It asks the victims for their information such as name, e-mail address, valid mobile number, mailing address, city, state, and zip code.
To mask the scam, a "beautiful" pop-up appears, the blog said.
So far, the blog said antivirus solutions can block the web page, which has been blacklisted as fraud. — TJD, GMA News