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Free PlayStation 4 For Testers Survey Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Messages being distributed on Facebook claim that Sony is looking for people to test the new PlayStation 4 and that they will get to keep the test PlayStation so long as they like a Facebook Page and share the post.

Brief Analysis

The Facebook Page is a scam designed to artificially inflate Page “likes” and trick users into participating in bogus online surveys. Participants will never receive the promised PlayStation. If one of these fake offers comes your way, do not click on any links that it contains. Do not like or share the post.

Example

Want to test the new PS4? Go here: [Link removed]

Sony needs testers for the new PlayStation 4. You will get to keep the new PS4 after you’ve tested it…..

If you want to be a tester for the new PS4 just share this photo and like our page.

People will be chosen completely at random!

~ Sony

Playstation 4 Facebook Scam Post

 

Detailed Analysis

A message promising free PlayStation 4’s to people willing to test the devices is currently going viral on Facebook. The message, which purports to be from Sony, claims that users can apply to become testers by “liking” the Playstation Network Facebook Page and sharing the same message on their networks. According to the message, testers will be chosen “completely at random” and those chosen will get to keep the new PlayStation when they are done testing.

However, the message and its associated Facebook Page is a scam. It is is not an official Sony initiative and has no connection to Sony whatsoever. Participants will NOT receive a PlayStation to test or keep.
The fake offer is an attempt to fool Facebook users into artificially inflating the number of “likes” garnered by the Page as well as spamming the same bogus message to their Facebook friends. It also attempts to fool visitors into participating in bogus online surveys which use further prizes as bait.

Those who follow the initial link will be taken to the scam “Playstation Network” Facebook Page and instructed to “like” the Page and share the “tester” message. The Page description instructs users to click a link if they wish to test the new PS4. Those who do click are taken to a fake PS4 webpage that contains what masquerades as a tester registration form. But, a popup window claims that would-be testers must complete a survey before continuing.

Alas, no matter how many surveys users participate in, they will never get to officially register as testers. Nor will any others who liked and shared the Page as instructed ever be chosen as testers or receive the promised PlayStation.

Some of the “survey” pages that victims are directed to ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number – thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services – in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize.

The scammers who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

And, the people who create such bogus pages may also attempt to sell them to other users once they have accumulated a large number of “likes”, hence their motivation to fraudulently collect as many likes as possible.

If one of these bogus “PlayStation tester” offers comes your way, do not click on any links that it contains. And take the time to warn your friends about the scam. Note also that a similar scam is currently offering free xBoxes to people who like and share a bogus Facebook Page.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer