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SURVEY SCAM - 'Win Free Apple iPhone 6'


Outline

Website claims that you can win an iPhone 6 by liking and sharing a Facebook Page and participating in online surveys.

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Brief Analysis

The site and the associated Facebook Page are fraudulent. The site is not giving away iPhone 6's as claimed. It is a scam designed to trick you into spamming your friends with the fake promotion and divulging personal information via dodgy online surveys.

Example


Detailed Analysis

Site Claims You Can Follow 'Three Easy Steps' to Win an iPhone 6

A website currently being promoted via Facebook claims that you can win a new iPhone 6 by carrying out 'three easy steps'.

Site is a Facebook Survey Scam

However, the site is a scam. Participating as instructed will not give you a chance to win an iPhone 6.

To get a chance to win, the site claims that you must first like the site's Facebook Page and then further promote the site by sharing a link with your Facebook friends.

You are then instructed to go to a second page on the site to download a 'Participation Application'. But, a pop-up window will claim that you need to participate in one or more surveys before you can download the 'application'.

You will be presented with a list of links that open third-party survey websites.

Some of the available surveys want you to provide your mobile phone number, ostensibly to go in the draw for extra prizes or offers. But, by submitting your number, you will actually be subscribing to a very expensive text messaging 'service' that will charge you several dollars every time they send you a message.

Alternatively, you may be asked to provide your name, address, and phone details, again, to supposedly enter you into a prize draw. But, fine print on the page will state that your details will be shared with third-party marketers. Thus, after submitting your details, you will likely be inundated with annoying phone calls, emails, and junk mail.

Meanwhile, the scammer who created the fake promotion will earn a commission via a suspect affiliate marketing scheme each time you fill in a survey and provide your details. And, each time you return to the download page, the pop-up will inform you that the survey was not completed properly or there was a 'small error'. You will be urged to participate in yet another survey. But, no matter how many surveys you complete, you will still not get to download your 'application'.

The site also has a contact page that includes an email address for sending in your 'Participation Application'. But, if you send an email to the address, perhaps to complain that you were unable to download the application form, your address will likely be used to send you even more spam and scam messages.


Watch For Other iPhone 6 Scams

Whenever the release of a much-anticipated new version of a popular device such as an iPhone is announced, scammers are quick to create bogus Facebook competitions like this one.

Be wary of any message on Facebook that claims that you can click a link to win an iPhone 6. If you do click a link and you are told you must like and share promotional material and participate in surveys before you can enter, then you should exit without participating further. Legitimate Facebook competitions will not use such tactics.





Last updated: September 15, 2014
First published: September 15, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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