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The best way you can help combat these survey scams is by letting your friends know about them.

If one of the scam messages appears on your news feed, be sure to let the friend who posted it know that he or she has been caught in a scam.

Others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number – thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services – in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize: The user will soon find him or herself caught in a confusing tangle of open web pages, all offering supposedly free gifts or services in exchange for participating.

Often, trying to exit the pages will call up various “alerts” that attempt to convince the person to stay on the page rather than navigate away.

Some survey scam versions entice users to install a rogue Facebook application as part of the first steps to receiving their (non-existent) gifts or prizes.

Once given permission by the user, these rogue apps can then repeatedly spam the user’s friends with more bogus promotions and scam posts.

The move from the CMA comes amid mounting anger from artists, including Ed Sheeran, Adele, Mumford And Sons, and Radiohead, who have encouraged music lovers to stop using ticket websites such as Viagogo, Get Me In! There is a concern that organised online touts are hoovering up sought-after tickets and then selling them on at a profit without complying with the law.

Or, the post promises free gifts, products or services.

If one of these posts comes your way, simply ignore it. If you do click a link, do not carry out any of the instructions listed on the bogus promotional page.

Do not install any applications if prompted to do so.

If you do get tricked into installing a rogue application, go to your Facebook Profile, click the arrow to the right of the lock icon on the top menu and then click “Settings”.

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Now, click “Apps” on the left menu to open the App Settings section.Over recent years, Facebook has been plagued by the type of nefarious scheme that we refer to collectively as survey scams.

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