Hoax-Slayer reported on a scam that promises Facebook users free iPhone 6 devices after they complete three steps, but instead baits them into filling out surveys, spamming their friends and surrendering their personal information.
Hoax-Slayer described the scam as follows:
You are then instructed to go to a second page on the site to download a “Participation Application.” But, a pop-up window will claim that you need to participate in one or more surveys before you can download the application.
You will be presented with a list of links that open third-party survey websites.
Some of the available surveys want you to provide your mobile phone number, ostensibly to go in the draw for extra prizes or offers. But by submitting your number, you will actually be subscribing to a very expensive text-messaging “service” that will charge you several dollars every time it sends you a message.
Alternatively, you may be asked to provide your name, address and phone details, again to supposedly enter you into a prize draw. But fine print on the page will state that your details will be shared with third-party marketers. Thus, after submitting your details, you will likely be inundated with annoying phone calls, emails and junk mail.
Meanwhile, the scammer who created the fake promotion will earn a commission via a suspect affiliate marketing scheme each time you fill in a survey and provide your details. And each time you return to the download page, the pop-up will inform you that the survey was not completed properly or there was a “small error.” You will be urged to participate in yet another survey. But no matter how many surveys you complete, you will still not get to download your application.
The site also has a contact page that includes an email address for sending in your “Participation Application.” But if you send an email to the address, perhaps to complain that you were unable to download the application form, your address will likely be used to send you even more spam and scam messages.
Hoax-Slayer also cautioned that more scams and hoaxes involving the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are inevitable.
Readers: Have you seen anything similar?
Screenshot courtesy of Hoax-Slayer.