There are a few of these bogus pages springing up in Facebook land. They suck in gamers with the chance to test new games consoles and keep the console once the test is complete.
The example we’ve used here is for XBox 720 but we’ve seen pages for Playstation 4 and others.
These pages are completely bogus, the initial “likes” are from other bogus accounts and are merely a way for spammers to get a large number of “likes” or “shares” from genuine Facebook users. In turn their bogus page looks legit and seems popular so the spammers can spread even more of their evil spam.
Please stop “liking” “sharing” and commenting on these pages even if your just curious, as Craig Charles Haley of thatsnonsense.com puts it,
“You don’t need to put your hand in the fire to see if you get burnt. These giveaway Pages are never going to be genuine. Authentic competitions are only promoted by the official Fan Pages of the merchants running them. Don’t be responsible for passing this nonsense on to your friends. Remember, on social networking sites like Facebook we all rely on each other to help keep us safe and one person sharing spam can expose their friends to danger.“
By interacting with these sites you’re exposing yourself and all of your friends to all kinds of internet nasties. DON’T DO IT!
Remember last week with the bogus Apple page giving away iPhones that couldn’t be sold because they were “unsealed”, well a page has sprung up that, to us, looks veeeeeeeery familiar.
This time the “we’ve gone crazy and slashed all our prices to zero” warehouse claims to have 569 (Yupp! FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE) ghd hair straighteners to give away. All you have to do is like the page and photograph for a chance to win (Remember this phrase!)
The official ghd FB page posted this warning, the page and the giveaway are completely bogus. All you’ll win is a nasty rash for your PC.
TIP: These scams are fairly easy to spot. The sheer number of items that they claim to be giving away is sheer lunacy! What kind of business can afford to give away FIVE HUNDRED of anything just because the boxes are open?
Any page that has offers such as this are more often than not hooked up to that old “dodgy brothers” survey scam that takes your time, information and gives you zip, zilch, nada in return.
Remember that phrase that we told you remember? (read up, we’ll all wait for you!) Pages that offer prizes for “likes” should be avoided or at the very least treated with great suspicion.
These “free” iPhone, iPad hoaxes continue to turn up on walls across the globe. Apply the old saying – NOTHING COMES FOR FREE.
The most recent one we saw reads;
“We have received 20 iPhone 5 16Gb but they can’t be sold because they aren’t sealed. For this reason, we are going to do a lottery using this page for people who share this photo and like this page.
Hit “Like this page” on top of the page !!
You must like this page AND share the picture if you want to be part of the lottery.
Choose a color in the comments.
Thank you all and good luck !”
It doesn’t even make sense, “can’t be sold because they aren’t sealed” – you can buy Brittney Spears’ breath on eBay but not an unsealed iPhone? We think not!
We know that some companies use giveaways to promote their sites or pages but usually there is only one prize. A quick trip to the Free Apple Products page to find out that they only just joined Facebook gives us the distinct impression that “Free Apple Products” are bogus. DEBUNKED!