Beware of ‘Free Apple iPad Mini Giveaway’ on Facebook

Everyone loves gifts and giveaways, and if it is one of Apple’s products, it feels like heaven. It does sound exciting when we hear about such giveaways and we’ll be thrilled to take part in it hoping to win a gift. However, amidst the excitement, we often fail to realize whether the contest we are participating in is legit or a fake.

Well, this is the problem that many Facebook users face. In the latest incident, scammers have taken advantage of the Apple’s new addition — iPad Mini — and have been trying to lure users by asking them to click on a bogus link in order to win a free iPad mini.

The latest scam spreading on the social networking site Facebook is making use of Apple’s signature logo to make the scam message look legit, and is tricking users with a free Apple iPad mini giveaway. The scam spread is as follows:Free iPad Mini - Facebook Spam

“Are you a Apple fan? The Free iPad mini offer is on. Go here – [LINK] to get Free iPad mini”

Upon clicking the link, users will be taken to a rogue Facebook application page, which requests permission to access the user information and post messages on their behalf, ultimately luring the users’ friends to participate in the offer.

The app is designed to gather your personal information that you have provided to Facebook. It is recommended that you avoid installing the Facebook application. If you have already installed it, you can go to your Account Settings –> Apps and delete the particular app from the list. It is also advised that you remove all the messages that were posted by the app on your behalf from your Facebook Timeline and also inform your friends about the same.

Sometimes it is a challenging task in identifying scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams, which will help to stay safe from such Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

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Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.