FarmVille Scam: Beware of the Kung Fu Duck!
Posted on February 16, 2011 11:46 pm by FarmVille Freak FarmGoddess
Yet another FarmVille scam is circulating the Facebook news feed. This time, the Kung Fu Duck is the bait, so beware.
The picture above is what the news feed share would look like on your Facebook wall. On closer inspection you can see for yourself that it has all the signs that classify it as a scam and this being one of the more noticeable ones with its highly pixelated botched image. It starts out with an incorrect spelling of FarmVille’s preferred “Yeehaw”. Then the text’s description, grammar, and capitalization is off. Finally, take a look next to the FarmVille corn icon at the bottom left. You will notice that the source of the share is not FarmVille, instead it is sourced via “Get the Kung FU Duck”.
After clicking the fake share, another pop-up notification is triggered that asks you if you would like to adopt the Kung Fu Duck. Obviously this animal is not available for adoption. Currently, the Kung Fu Duck is featured exclusively in the FarmVille Mystery Game. You cannot purchase it directly in the FarmVille Market nor is it available anywhere else and certainly not by a free adoption (no matter what Facebook group you join or link you click). Why would Zynga give out a duck that is a Mystery Game exclusive for free when players are spending precious Farm Cash (per Mystery Game dart) to take their chances at owning one?
The FarmVille news feed scams have been rampant as of late (See FarmVille Visit England scam or FarmVille Charming Foal scam ). So if you like to scour the Facebook news feed for bonuses, freebies, and adoptables, please take caution before clicking like a mad farmer.
Once again FarmVille Freak would like to remind you that no Facebook group is sanctioned to give out free in-game FarmVille items, especially through legitimate FarmVille shares. Any link that promises to do so is falsely using the rare special item bait to get you to join or accept their app, group, or program. Think about the logistics of how a third party group would automatically send you an in-game item. Not possible. Not only are these groups fake and fruitless as you never get the promised reward prize, many contain mal-ware that can harm your computer.
Sadly, these are not the only scams and there will certainly be more before we can even talk about them on here. We’d like to invite you to share this article with your less informed FarmVille neighbors. Oftentimes it’s the newbie farmers that fall victim to these scams and the best way to prevent them from doing so is to educate them. So be a good neighbor and instead of deleting them from your friend’s list why not share this article?
Have you seen any fake Kung Fu Ducks on your Facebook news feed? What FarmVille scams have you recently seen? Report scams to email@example.com and we will share them with the FarmVille Freak community.