The new iPhones are here and of course, people can't wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest versions of Apple's flagship device. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X don't come cheap though and nothing's sweeter than scoring them for free.
For this very reason, with every iPhone upgrade cycle each year, like-farming scammers will yet again crawl out of the woodwork, luring social media users with promises of a chance to win these must-have gadgets for free.
Fake Free iPhone 8 Giveaways
So do you want to get a free iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Well, you won't get one by simply liking or sharing the fake Free iPhone Giveaway pages that are sprouting on Facebook once again.
You might see these "deals" in your Facebook News Feed (shared or like by one of your hopeful friends) but don't make the same mistake of falling for them.
Surprise! These free giveaway pages are the typical like-farming schemes that plague Facebook with fake raffles or contests. These fake pages regularly ask Facebook users to follow them and like or share their posts for a chance to win, in this case, a new iPhone 8.
Some of these fake iPhone 8 giveaways Facebook pages will even try and redirect Facebook users to questionable websites that will ask you for your contact info such as your email address and phone address, which can then be used for spam and phishing attacks.
Hmm, that free iPhone 8 from that scammy Facebook page may not be worth it, after all?
How like-farming works
Here's how like-farming works: A fake page is posted with the goal of getting as many likes as possible, as quickly as possible. These pages will use language along the lines of "Want to win a free phone? Like this page and share this photo and you're automatically entered to win."
Once the fake page has a certain amount of likes, let's say 500,000, the scammer can then sell the page to shady marketers or anyone else that has a need for an already-established Facebook page.
Think about it, all the marketer has to do is buy the page and repurpose it. They've already got an audience of 500,000 people it gained through the fake giveaway, so that's a potential 500,000 people that can now see their products or services, whether real or fake.
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This type of scam is banned in Facebook's Terms of Service page, but that hasn't stopped independent marketplaces from popping up and selling fake Facebook pages.
In the meantime, you will need to be careful about what you like on Facebook. Don't automatically click "like" on everything out of habit. You'll also need to know what to look for.
Here are examples of the iPhone 8 Giveaway pages that are going around:
Here's how to spot a like-farming scam
- If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
- Notice the content and whether it promises anything for liking or sharing. If it does, it's a good clue that it's a scam of some kind. The same goes if you feel pushed or pressured into clicking like or share.
- Take a look at where the post is coming from. If it's from someone you don't recognize, it could be a friend of a friend or it could be a complete stranger. It would be good to find out.
- How many times has the giveaway been posted? Savvy scammers will know to post the same giveaway over a period of days in order to accumulate the most likes.
- Most bogus giveaways will claim to be giving away large amounts of expensive prizes. If there are thousands of products being given away, that's a red flag.
- Does the giveaway follow the rules? Is there a terms and conditions page? Is there an end date for the contest? Are there legal terms available anywhere on the site or a contest details page?
- Always, always, always check for misspellings and grammar mistakes. Legitimate companies pay a copy editor to make sure spelling mistakes are fixed.
- When was the page created? If it's fairly new, that's another red flag.
- Is the page verified? You'll know the Facebook page is for real if it has the verified logo, which is a blue circle with a white checkmark in it.