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“100 iPhones Giveaway” on Facebook is a Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Post on the OFW giveaways Facebook Page claims that you can win one of 100 iPhones just by liking, sharing, and adding a comment specifying which colour phone you would like should you win.




Brief Analysis:
The Facebook post is fraudulent and no iPhones are being given away. It is a scam designed to promote the bogus Page across the network and gather large numbers of likes so that the Page can be reused for further scam campaigns or be sold on the black market to other scammers.

Example:
We Are Giving Now Only 100 Iphones On 10th Febuary. 17 Days To Go
100 Lucky Winner Will Be Massage Via Facebook On c
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Step 1) Like This Post.
Step 2) Comment Which Colour You Want Three Times .
Step 3) Share On Your wall.
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PS: Make Sure That You Like This Page
Good Luck To Everyone !!100 iPhone Giveaway Scam Post




Detailed Analysis:
According to a rather grammatically challenged Facebook post that is being shared across the network, you can win one of 100 iPhones just by liking and sharing the post, and adding a comment stating which colour phone you would like should you be selected as a winner. The post, which features an image depicting a stack of iPhones on a table, claims that winners will be messaged ( or massaged ) by “Fabuary 9th”.  The post comes from a Facebook Page with the name “OFW giveaways”.

But, in fact, the Post and the Facebook Page that generated it are fraudulent. The Page is not giving away iPhones as claimed and is in no way associated with Apple.

The fake giveaway is designed to promote the bogus Facebook Page far and wide by tricking people into liking, sharing, and commenting. When people like and share the post and add the “colour” comment, they are helping to spread the scam across Facebook. Their Facebook friends will see the post and many may also decide to participate, thus spreading the scam even further. And many of those who participate will also like the scam Facebook Page as well.

The fake Page will thus gain a great many new likes and can later be used to launch survey scams or other types of fraudulent activity, this time to a considerably larger potential audience. Or, in some cases, the Page may be sold on the black market to other scammers who will use it to launch their own scam or spam campaigns.

Scam Facebook giveaways like this one are very common. Be very cautious of any post or Page that claims that you can win valuable prizes just by liking, sharing, and commenting.  Don’t be tempted to participate “just in case“, as this exposes your friends to the scam and helps the scammers achieve their goals.




Facebook Like-farming trap

Last updated: February 2, 2017
First published: April 6, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Facebook Like-Farming Scams
What is a Facebook Survey Scam?
Yet Another iPhone Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
We Are Giving 50 IPhones on February 12 2014
The Case Against ‘Just in Case’

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