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Facebook Scam - 'Free Baby Relief Kit From Johnson'


Outline

Message being distributed on Facebook claims that you can get a free baby relief kit from Johnson's by clicking a link and following the instructions.

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Brief Analysis

The message is a scam designed to trick people into promoting a bogus page and participating in dodgy online surveys. Participants will not receive the promised baby relief kit no matter how many groups they post in or how many surveys they complete.

Example

Baby Relief kit Scam 1

Hello everyone ...Johnson is giving a way free baby kits as samples
i got one for my baby ..i think this is limited offer and will not stay long time

just wanted to share it with you [Link Removed]

Detailed Analysis

Post Promises Free Johnson's Baby Relief Kit

According to a post that has spread rapidly across Facebook in recent days, Johnson's are giving away Baby Relief Kits to a limited number of users.  The message invites you to click a link to claim your free kit.

Post is a Promotion and Survey Scam

However, the promised prize is just a ruse to trick you into clicking the link. There is no prize. The link opens a fake Facebook page that includes steps that you are supposedly required to carry out in order to get your free baby kit.

The page first asks you to share the message on Facebook. It then claims that you must post the message on 5 Facebook groups before you can proceed to claim your prize.

But, even after you carry out these steps, you will still not get to claim your prize. Instead, you will be told that you must participate in one or more online surveys before claiming your baby relief kit. These surveys will try to get you to provide your mobile phone number to sign up for SMS subscriptions, ostensibly to allow you to get survey results or go in the draw for various prizes. Or, the surveys may ask you to provide your name and contact details.

Thus, victims may be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services. Or, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

Meanwhile, the scammers who created the bogus promotion will earn money through underhand affiliate marketing systems each time a victim participates in a survey or provides his or her personal details. 

And, by tricking people into promoting their fake prize post via sharing and posting to groups, the scammers will receive a steady stream of new victims.

Be Cautious of Posts Offering Free Gifts In Exchange for Liking and Sharing

These fake promotions are very common on Facebook, with new variants emerging every day. You should be very wary of any post that offers a valuable prize just for sharing a message or participating in a survey. Any such message should be treated as suspect.




Baby Relief kit Scam

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Last updated: July 9, 2014
First published: July 9, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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