Samsung Galaxy S4 Facebook Giveaway is a SCAM!
Facebook users should be vigilant at most time. A new phishing scam (and many of it) is currently proliferating on Facebook with a promise to give away the new Samsung Galaxy S4, just in time for the much-anticipated launch of this smartphone.
In one Facebook page, they are supposed to give away 5,000 units of the said smartphone, while the other one promises 3,000 devices. By just liking and sharing the Samsung Galaxy S4 photo, which is not even the official one, gives a user a chance to get one out of the alleged giveaway. Unknowingly, it is a strategy for this scam to go viral and deceive more unsuspecting victims.
These malicious acts get the contact information from the users by requiring them to sign-up with their contact information, which may compromise your e-mail account. The next thing they know, various offers from unsolicited sources spam their e-mails.
How can we really spot a Facebook scam?
- It requires one to like or share the supposed good news to the Facebook community. This is a strategy for these scams to spread, go viral and deceive more people.
- It is too good to be true. Giving away 5,000 units of a very expensive gadget is just plain insane and unbelievable. Even Samsung itself will not dare give away such huge number of units.
- It requires you to comment on the message. Again, it’s one way for the scam to get noticed. When you comment on a particular message, it appears on your friends’ timeline, attracting them to also sign up.
- It requires you to provide your address, contact details including e-mails and cell phone numbers. In some instances, you may be asked details of your credit card and bank accounts. Unless you need to pay for a certain thing, never give your bank details to any body. Your personal data may be used also to commit identity theft. Scammers can use these details to take out loans, claim welfare benefits or run up debts in your name. These activities can damage your credit rating, making it difficult for you to borrow money or get a credit card.
- The signup link is outside the Facebook page. Companies usually create a Facebook app especially designed for their contests.
- Most of all, you know it’s a scam when it is not from the official company page.
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