Scammers have snatched up the opportunity to victimize people by leveraging the interest and anticipation over the upcoming release of iPad 3. Just days before its supposed launch, we have noted several posts on Facebook that claim to give away free iPad 3s to some “lucky” users.
- Posting the exact link to social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging (IM) applications, etc.
- Copying the link to users’ own websites or pages.
In doing either of these instructions, users unwittingly spread the phishing page, in turn becoming spammers themselves.
We have also spotted spammed messages which also tells of a iPad 3 giveaway. Users need to click the link contained in these messages to join this “contest”. Once done, they are lead instead to a survey scam page that asks for users’ mobile numbers and network providers.
To avoid this particular phishing attack, please ignore similar posts. It’d also help to inform your contacts that this contest, tempting as it may sound, is actually just another attempt by cybercriminals to steal personal information. To stay safe from this type of scams spreading on social networking sites, please check out our e-guides below:
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