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Facebook '200 iPhones Giveaway' Page is a Scam


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Outline

Facebook Page claims that you can get a chance to win one of 200 iPhones by liking, sharing and commenting.

Like-Farming Scam



Brief Analysis

The Page is fraudulent. No iPhones are being given away. The Page is a typical like-farming scam designed to trick people into liking a fake giveaway post and promoting the material further by sharing and commenting. Pages that accumulate high numbers of likes via such ruses can later be used to launch further scams or sold on the black market to other scammers.

   

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Example

We are giving away 200 iPhones on 20th March 2015.

Want one of them ?

we will choose 200 people Completely at Random on 20th March 2015.

Just Like this post.
Comment Which Color you want.
Share This Post On Your wall. !!

200 iPhones Giveaway Scam

Detailed Analysis

Page Promises Free iPhones For Liking, Sharing, and Commenting

According to a post originating from a 'smartphone' Facebook Page, you can win one of 200 iPhones just by liking, sharing and commenting.

The post claims that, for a chance to win, all you need do is click 'like', add a comment specifying what colour phone you would prefer, and share the message with your Facebook friends.

Supposedly, the 200 winners will be drawn at random.

Promotion is a Like-Farming Scam

However, the Page is fraudulent. It is not giving away any iPhones as claimed. The bogus promotion is a typical like-farming scam designed to promote the Page across Facebook and gather many more likes.

By tricking people into liking, commenting, and sharing, the scammers ensure that a great many people will see their fake giveaway. The more it is seen, the more likes it will collect.

Facebook Pages with large numbers of likes can later be used to promote further scam attempts, this time to a much larger audience. Often, they are used to launch survey scams designed to trick people into providing their personal information on dodgy survey websites.

Alternatively, the Pages may be sold to other scammers or unscrupulous Internet marketers via a lucrative black market. Facebook Pages with a high number of likes can command quite high prices.

Like-farming continues to be a common scammer tactic on Facebook. Be wary of any Page or post that promises expensive prizes just for liking, sharing, or commenting.

Facebook Like-Farming

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Last updated: March 10, 2015
First published: March 10, 2015D
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Facebook Like-Farming Scam List
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Facebook Like-Farming Scams






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