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Facebook: The First 50.000 participants Get an iPhone 4 for free – Is this real?

07
Sep
2011

“The First 50.000 participants Get an iPhone 4 for free” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

“The first 25,000 that signup get a free pair of Beats by Dre headphones” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

“The first 1,000 participants Will Get An facebook Phone for Free” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

“The First 25,000 Participants Will Get A Free Facebook Hoodie” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

“The first 50,000 Participants Will Get An iPhone5 Free Pre-Launching Offer” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

“The First 1,000 Participants Will Get Jordan Shoes Fresh From Box for free” – Is this real?

No it’s not.

…You get the idea..

The above “offers” are spread as Facebook events. In order to receive your free gift you have to follow some steps as shown below:

The requirements to invite hundreds of friends and the “like” messages help to spread the scam further. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of responses to the various events.

What’s in it for the scammers?

  1. When you like a page, your like will appear on your Wall and may also appear in News Feed. You will be displayed on the Page you liked, in advertisements about that Page, or in social plugins next to the content you like. Facebook Pages you like may post updates to your News Feed or send you messages. Your connection to the page may also be shared with apps on the Facebook Platform.
  2. They get your shipping address – this could be combined with other information available on your profile for identity theft.
  3. You are helping them to label someone as a spammer (see step 4 in the screen above).
  4. The Facebook Hoodie offer links to an external site (which should be regarded as unsafe) – the site links to marketing scams that bring the scammer per-click revenues.

One of the individuals listed as an administrator of the site (that must be “liked”) claims to work at “Facebook Security” as a developer.

 

If your friends send you similar invites to the ones shown above you should let them know that this is a scam.

 

 

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