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f you guys didn't catch the message earlier, we have TWENTY more limited edition Gold iPhone 5's to THE FIRST PEOPLE TO COMPLETE THE STEPS.
Step 1) Like this photo.
Step 2) AND THEN to claim your free Gold iPhone visit -> [Link Removed]
The image used in the scam is stolen from Goldgenie, a website which offers specially customized luxury products, including gold, platinum and Swarovski iPhones.
The scammers who created the fake page and its bogus promotion have two primary goals.
Firstly, they want to amass as many likes for their page in as short a time frame as possible. Once a Facebook Page has collected a large number of likes, its owners can then use it to blast out further scam and spam messages to a larger audience. They might also sell the Page to other scammers thereby turning a tidy profit.
Secondly, they want to trick users into participating in various suspect surveys and online "offers". Those who click the link to claim their gold iPhone as requested will be taken to a website that instructs them to fill in one or more surveys as a claim condition.
Often, the surveys will require participants to supply personal and contact details, which will later be used to send them unwanted and annoying advertising offers and promotions. Fine print on the site will state that any information they supply will be shared with third parties.
Users may be also asked to supply their mobile phone number as part of an entry condition. But, users will often not realize that, by providing their phone number, they are actually subscribing to an extremely expensive text message service that will be charged at several dollars per minute. No matter how many surveys they do, victims will never get the promised iPhone.
And, meanwhile, the scammers who launched the bogus iPhone promotion will receive fees via a dodgy affiliate marketing system each and every time some one participates in a survey or takes up an offer.Like-farming and survey scams are very common on Facebook. Be wary of participating in any supposed competition that claims that you can win a prize just by liking and sharing.
Last updated: December 6, 2013