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:
“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.