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Facebook scam is offer too good to be true

Do you want to win a free iPhone 6? Sure. We all do.

But if you see a chance to win or get a free iPhone 6 on Facebook, be wary. It's a scam. And like I always say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But Kim, yesterday you told us how to get a free iPhone 6, is that a scam too?" Trust me, I would never point you in the direction of a scam. The difference here is that the deal I previously mentioned comes from reputable retailers like Verizon and T-Mobile, not some random Facebook page.

So what's this scam all about? It's a spin on a classic "Free Giveaway" scam. These types of scams are nothing new, but today, it has a new and noteworthy spin: a free iPhone 6.

The release of the new iPhone is a big deal and is getting a lot of national attention. With that national attention comes scammers looking to capitalize on the hype and excitement.

Don't fall for it. The Facebook page is nothing but an empty promise that looks to take your personal information like your name, phone number and email address via bogus surveys, meaning you'll be flooded with junk mail, spam emails and calls from marketers. What you're really signing up for is a headache.

Update: Facebook has been alerted and took the scam page down. Incredibly, it amassed more than 18,000 likes before it was removed. However, there are already copycat scams popping up. You will still want to look for warning signs like those outlined below to stay safe.

The scam

It only takes three simple steps to get the iPhone 6 for free.

  1. Like the page;
  2. share the link with your friends; and
  3. download a "Participation Application" so you can fill out third-party surveys.

Complete these steps and survey after survey after survey, the iPhone 6 is all yours.

Or is it? What you're really signing up for is more junk email, phone calls from marketers, and in some cases, a very expensive text message program that will charge you an undisclosed amount for every text message you send. Talk about a pain.

The surveys will never be completed. Once you provide the scammers with your name, email address, phone number and physical address, the surveys will crash and you will be redirected to more surveys that will repeat the same errors. Some links you will be encouraged to click on will also be loaded with malware.

The solution is simple. Don't "Like" these pages. Don't share them with friends. Don't click on these links. Don't share your personal information. What you should do is share this with your friends so they don't fall victim, too.

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