AN ONLINE FRIEND ON FACEBOOK has just invited me to become a fan of “IPad Market Research – Test And Keep on Facebook”. I went to the page and saw:
The text reads:
Yes, you really can get a new iPad, but only for a limited time, so be sure to enter right now!
It’s quick and easy, just follow these 3 simple steps :
Step 1: Become a Fan. Click the button below and Step 2 will be revealed.
Out of curiosity, I clicked on “Become a Fan” and steps 2 and 3 were shown:
Instead, I simply clicked on the “3″ button and a new window opens:
“Sorry, this offer is unavailable in your country. You are now being redirected to a similar offer that is available in your country.”
In a second or two, I was brought to a site with lots of smiley icons. Before the page could fully load, I closed it.
HOW GULLIBLE CAN PEOPLE GET? As of now, there are over 6,000 fans on that page - an increase of a few hundreds since I first viewed the page. One of its earlier variants iPad Research Center – Test & Keep It had over 240,000 fans. By the way, the “comments”/”testimonies” on the promo page were not real. That’s just an inserted image. And I’ve of course removed myself from being a fan of the page.
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- iPad Research Center – Test & Keep It
Beware too of scams galore on Facebook that promise freebies and may end up making you pay (literally) instead. For example, “Walmartstores.com: Gift Card Sponsor Offer Scam“.
As the blogger at blog.thequonk.com put it:
Be discerning. A marketing firm that is truly offering 10,000 free iPads should have enough money in their budget to put together an attractive, well-designed, correctly-functioning website and not rely just on Facebook as a marketing tool. I admit, Facebook is a pretty good place to start but it’s not the only place to go. Why do they not have an external website? Or the more obvious, why is there no company information? Founded in 2010? I don’t know what information it’s asking you for in the ‘Become a Tester’ application but you might want to change your Privacy Settings for future ‘deals’. iPad is the new toy and phishers know that. Read between the lines before you sign your life away for a free iPad. Make sure it is legit then you can sign your life away. =D
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