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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Facebook/Apple Scam
March 29, 2012

Facebook/Apple Scam

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Facebook/Apple Scam

According to an email message you may receive that claims to be from the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it states you have won an Apple iPhone and an Apple iPad.

The message claims that Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with Apple to create a "one-time promotional event" and that you were randomly selected as a winner.

Supposedly, all the "winner" needs do to collect the prize is follow a link in the message and fill in a short survey.

However, the message is not from Mark Zuckerberg or from Apple and the claims that you have won Apple products is not correct and is designed to trick you into clicking a link to a scam promotional website. If you are fooled by the message and follow the link to claim your prize you will be told that you must participate in a simple survey as part of the claims process.

The supposed survey requires you to supply a mobile phone number as part of the process, however by providing your phone number you are in fact subscribing to a very expensive text messaging service that is billed at several dollars per message sent. And, if you fall for the scam and provide the requested phone number, you will be presented with even more fake surveys.

No matter how many surveys you fill out, you will never receive the promised Apple products. The scammers involved in this scam will receive commissions from affiliate marketing schemes each and every time someone completes a survey.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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