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Apple iPhone and iPad Giveaway Spam on Facebook

Outline
Messages circulating rapidly around Facebook claim that you can receive a free Apple iPhone 4G or an an Apple iPad by following a link and signing up on a third party website.



Analysis
The claims in these spam messages are false. You will not receive a free Apple product by following links in the messages. Links in the spam messages lead to various third-party websites of a dubious nature. If you receive such a message, do not follow any links that it contains. Similar attacks have attempted to trick Facebook users into visiting third party websites that harbour malicious scripts or software. Others have attempted to trick users into divulging sensitive personal information or signing up for expensive SMS phone services.

Reports indicate that the bogus messages are being posted automatically via a rogue Facebook application or malicious script. At the time of writing, many of the links in the messages have apparently been deactivated and receive a Facebook "Page not found" error message when clicked.

Facebook has increasingly become a favoured vector for attack for spammers, scammers and malware distributors. Facebook users should be very cautious of any messages that offer free products or services and urge them to follow links or install Facebook apps in order to receive such products or services.

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Last updated: 24th June 2010
First published: 24th June 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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OH MY GOSH! I know I shouldn't talk about this here in facebook, but I thought I would message you from my new APPLE IPHONE 4G that I just got for free.Don't tell anyone but there is a website sending out free iPhone 4G to anyone that signs up, Link to website(removed) That is where I got mine btw follow these steps exact...

OH MY GOSH! I know I shouldn't talk about this here in facebook, but I thought I would message you from my new APPLE iPad that I just got for free. Don't tell anyone but there is a website sending out free iPad to anyone that signs up, (link removed) That is where I got mine btw follow these steps exactly to get one for yourself, go (link removed) enter you email, enter your shipping address and wait 3-5 business days to receive your it in the mail! it works!!