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Fake Apple Giveaways on Facebook

Fake Apple Giveaways on Facebook

A recent trend on Facebook is the appearance of new pages which promise free Apple products to anyone who likes and shares their content. The problem is, they are completely bogus.

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We’ll look at a couple of examples among the dozens, if not hundreds, of phony “giveaway” pages out there, as there are variants in their approach.

Version 1

All of of these “giveaway” pages will encourage you to like and share the page or photos they post. In many cases, the are really just funneling unsuspecting visitors to a bait-and-switch “sponsored offer” page. Take a page called Freegiveawayiphone5 – for example. They ask you to:

Step 1) Like our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/freegiveawayiphone5 .
Step 2) Share this photo.
Step 3) Complete the steps from our website http://iphone5.claimtheprize.net/ .

When you visit iphone5.claimtheprize.net you are asked (again) to like and share the page, after which you are then presented with a series of hoops through which you must jump – while the elusive iPhone is never really given away. No winners on this Facebook page are ever announced, nor do any supposed winners post that they’ve won in the comments.

The page itself has no identifying information, other than the “claimtheprize.net” website they promote. It should also be noted that this particular page was created on November 20, 2012, and claimtheprize.net website was created two days later. Both were created barely over a month prior to the writing of this article. This is more evidence of a fly-by-night operation.

Generic – and anonymous – Facebook pages like this are fishing for likes and shares with the empty promise of free Apple products.

Version 2

Another pages, such as one called FreeAppleProductsGiveaway, appear to funnel users to other similar Facebook pages – all while collecting likes and shares for their photos. Notice that it has the exact same cover photo as our first example. They ask you to like another Facebook page, called iPhone5GiveawayContest, which is newer (created 12/20/2012) and basically the same as the others. Though this page did list “winners” last week, it’s likely that those names are either fake or merely friends/admins of the page. We couldn’t find or verify the posted profiles. It’s also possible that the “winners” were merely referred to a sponsored “rewards” program, which is certainly no prize.

Don’t be fooled into liking, sharing, and the proliferation of such scams on Facebook.

The popularity of Apple products makes them enticing bait for scammers and spammers alike. Take, for example, this article from last summer, where a similar text-based scam was spreading: The Free iPad That Isn’t Free

1/4/2013 Update

A Facebook user sent us a link to yet another one of these “giveaway” pages today. That particular page is https://www.facebook.com/AppleProductsGiveaways. It links to a blogspot page which appears to be an extension of their Facebook page. Our response included these points to consider:

  • Bad grammar. (“Wanna Win A Free Apple Products?”)
  • They don’t identify themselves.
  • The “winners” never seem to come forward.
  • They host the “giveaway” on Blogspot instead of a real website.
  • There are dozens of other pages exactly like it.

Consider how many of these Facebook pages continue to crop up with the same “giveaway.” Here are just a few:

  • facebook.com/AppleGadgetsOnly
  • facebook.com/AppleProductsGiveaways
  • facebook.com/FreeAppleProductsGiveaway
  • facebook.com/freegiveawayiphone5

As of March 2013, all of the Facebook pages listed above are gone. This shows you just how fly-by-night these fake pages are.

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  • Brandon

    I was about to post the same link Patrik did. Someone I’m friends with shared their photo. The page is 2 days old but has 8000+ likes! I wonder how they’re achieving such spread.

  • waffles

    Thanks – we dropped a link to one of our articles in the comments!

  • JoeP

    Just curious, but what’s the pay-off to the scammers of getting a bunch of shares and likes of a fake giveaway page?

    • waffles

      According to a recent Yahoo article, it’s about $200 for a page with 100,000 likes. With fake giveaways, they can reach this in a day or two.

  • waffles

    Yep that’s fake. Apple doesn’t give away prototypes on Facebook. Also, this Facebook pages claims they were formed in the year 1337! This page will probably be gone in a day or two.

  • waffles

    Yes. This is identical to dozens, if not hundreds, of pages like it.

  • waffles

    Yep… created only 6 days ago and has the exact same verbiage as many others. Thanks for the heads up on that one, though!

  • waffles

    Yes the math doesn’t really add up – over 100 products in 48 hours? Fishy!

  • Tammi

    There is another apple product giveaway on Facebook called “free product”. Do you want to check it out?

    • waffles

      Sure, drop us a link!

      • waffles

        Some of those we’ve seen point to “rewards programs” which want you to sign up for a variety of useless offers.

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