Scam Name: Facebook Free iPad – Beta Test Scam
Scam Signature Message: “iPad Researchers Wanted – Want to beta test Apple’s latest product?”
Scam Link: iPad Researchers Wanted – Want to beta test Apple’s latest product? Facebook Fanpage [ Now Deactivated by Facebook ]
Scam Type: Mobile Phone Subscription Scam
Trending: March 2010
Why it’s a Scam: Facebook Page encourages you to invite all your friends to increase your chances of getting a free iPad then takes you to a survey page which asks for your birthdate and mobile phone number. Those who do input these infromation are signed up for a mobile subscription service that costs $10/week.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of inviting your friends to join the page, you should cancel your invites and clean up your profile to remove references to the page. If you have given your birthdate and mobile phone number, call your mobile service provider immediately to unsubscribe from the scam subscription.
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