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‘Product Testing UK’ Facebook Survey Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook messages originating from a Facebook Page called ‘Product Testing UK’ claim that testers are needed for iPhones and other products and invite users to click a link to fill in a ‘Product Testing Application Form’. 

Brief Analysis

The messages and associated Facebook Page are part of a survey scam. The ‘Application Form’ link takes users to suspect third-party survey websites that ask them to provide personal information to go in the draw for various prizes. Users will never get to test and keep the promised products. Do not click any links in these scam messages.

Example

PRODUCT TESTER NEEDED
Get brand new iPhone for Review it! Test it! Rate it & you will keep it!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOURSELF–>[Link Removed]

*PRODUCT IS GIVING ACCORDING TO FIRST COME FIRST GET BASIS AND OFFER FOR ONLY UK.

iPhone Product testing Facebook Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

According to messages currently appearing on Facebook, users can sign up as product testers for iPhones and other tech products by following a link and filling in an application form. The messages come from a Facebook Page called ‘Product Testing UK’. The messages claim that users can keep the product they test after the testing process is over.

However, the claims in the posts are lies and the Page is fraudulent. Those who click the link will not be taken to a ‘Product Testing Application Form’ as claimed. Instead, they will be redirected to various suspect ‘survey’ or ‘offer’ websites that promise the chance to win prizes in exchange for providing personal information.

Some of the pages ask users to provide name, address and contact details, supposedly 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. 

Users will be trapped in a confusing tangle of open web pages, all offering supposedly free gifts or services in exchange for participating. Often, trying to exit the pages will call up various pop-ups that try to convince the person to stay on the page rather than navigate away.

The people who set up these scams earn a commission via dodgy affiliate marketing schemes whenever one of their victims completes an ‘offer’ or ‘survey’.

And, alas, no matter how many surveys or offers users complete, they will never get to fill in the product testing application form. Nor, of course, will they ever get to test and keep one of the promised testing products.

Facebook survey scams are very common and take many forms. Do not foster the unscrupulous goals of the people who create such scam campaigns by clicking links in the messages, liking the scam page or participating in their surveys.

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