Facebook Scam - 'Get a Free iPhone in Memory of Steve Jobs'
According to a post that is currently being shared widely across Facebook, Apple is giving away free iPhone 6 phones in memory of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The post, which features an image depicting a row of boxed iPhones, urges you to 'click to claim your free iPhone now.'
However, the post is yet another Facebook scam designed to trick users into spamming their friends with the same fraudulent material and divulging their personal information via dodgy 'survey' and 'free offer' websites. Those who participate will certainly not get a free iPhone.
If you click on the fraudulent post, you will be taken to an equally fraudulent site that has been tricked up to look like a Facebook webpage (see screenshot below). The fake webpage claims that you must follow a set of steps to get your free iPhone. You are instructed to firstly share the page and then send a link to the page to 5 Facebook groups. This move ensures that you promote the scam to all of your Facebook friends as well as fellow members of various groups. This free promotion will gain many new victims for the scammers.
After you have shared the page and sent to groups as requested, you can then click a button 'To Get Your iPhone 6'. However, instead of arriving out a page where you can claim your iPhone you will be taken to a third-party website that claims that you can win further prizes by participating in various offers or surveys. The sites will ask you to provide your name, home address, email address, and phone numbers, ostensibly as a means of entering a competition.
But, fine print on the sites will state that any information you provide will be shared with 'site sponsors' and other online marketers. Thus, you will soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying marketing phone calls, letters, and emails.
And, the scammers responsible for the bogus campaign will earn commissions each time a victim participates in a survey or offer.
Regardless of how many surveys or offers you fill in, you will never get the promised iPhone.
Facebook like-farming and survey scams like this one are very common. Be wary of any post or Page that claims that you can win expensive prizes such as smartphones, holidays, airline tickets, or luxury cars just by liking, sharing, or participating in surveys.
Last updated: October 13, 2015
First published: October 13, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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