Gold Membership Trolling
has been doing the rounds for a few years now, it started in 2007 as a prank aimed at users of the 4chan image board. Bogus images were posted that supposedly only “Gold Members” could view. This was a troll
to fool people into believing that paying for an upgraded account was necessary.
As is the case with many internet memes the Gold account scam has been picked up and is being abused by criminals looking to turn a quick profit.
Facebook pages have been set up with names like “GET YOUR UPGRADE WHILE THEIR FREE!!
” which promise the unwary enhanced functionality and freedom from advertisements, among other things. Just a quick look at a couple of features of the Facebook page should set some alarm bells ringing though.