Circulating Facebook post claims that you can get the new iPhone 7 for free just by sharing the post, commenting “thank-you”, and clicking a link.
Both the post and the Facebook Page that it comes from are fraudulent. You certainly will not get an iPhone 7 by carrying out the steps in the fake giveaway post. The post is a scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal information on dodgy “prize offer” websites.
According to this circulating post, which comes from a Facebook Page called “Apple iPhone 7 Fans”, you can get a new iPhone 7 for free just by sharing the post, adding the comment, “thank-you”, and clicking a link.
However, the post and Facebook Page are fraudulent. You have zero chance of getting a free iPhone 7 by participating. There will be no winners other than the scammers who set up the fake Facebook giveaway.
If you click the link, a window will appear that claims that, before getting your free iPhone 7, you must complete an offer by clicking a link ( see screenshot below). Supposedly, this “last step” is to thwart robot entries.
The links open various websites that offer the chance to win further gifts or downloads in exchange for providing your mobile phone number. However, you may not notice legal clauses on the sites that state that, by providing your mobile number, you are actually subscribing to a very expensive SMS “service” that will charge several dollars to your account every time they send you a message.
Alternatively, the “offer” sites may ask for your name and contact details. But, fine print on the sites will explain that, by participating, you are giving permission for your personal information to be shared with site sponsors and online marketing companies. Thus, soon after divulging your data, you will begin receiving an ongoing stream of unwanted phone calls, text messages, emails, and surface letters promoting an array of products and services you most likely neither want nor need.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake iPhone 7 giveaway will earn commissions each time somebody provides his or her information on one of the “offer” websites.
And, alas, no amount of participation will ever get you the promised iPhone 7 prize, which never existed to begin with.
Last updated: September 28, 2016
First published: September 28, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen