Consider that Facebook is giving away the 8GB iPod Nano which costs $149 to 100,000 lucky users. That’s like 100,000 x USD 149 = 14.9 million U.S. dollars at stake! Why would Facebook even want to do that?
If you are invited to join the event Facebook Giving 100000 Apple iPod Free. Must Invite All Friends to Get It, the best thing to do is to sign out of Facebook, and get back to work. Before that, make sure you report this eventas scam (or fake) to the Facebook Security team by clicking here.
Scammers create fake events and pages like this to lure users, which ask them to complete certain steps in order to win free gifts. However, users will not be rewarded even after completing all the steps in good conscience.
Users generally fall for such scam messages, and post thousands of positive comments stating that they have likedand sharedthe page with their friends. This makes the other Facebook users think that the offer is genuine, and thus the chain continues.
Here are the steps that the scam requires users to complete -
- Confirm by clicking “I’m Attending”
- Invite all friends
- “Like” a Facebook Page [Link]
- Post a comment to claim reward by stating the color of the iPod, and also mention the total number of people invited.
It also warns users with the following message – Failure to follow the rules will result in you not getting a free apple iPod touch. Since this is free, you must follow our steps!!!
A similar fake contest is being held on Facebook that claims to giveaway the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone to first 50,000 Users. All these are fake contests, which is trying to fool users. If you’re invited to attendevent (contest) like this, then please ignore it. Completing the mentioned steps will yield you nothing.
I recommend you to go through the document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can download a copy of it from the Facebook Security Page.
This video created by Sophos explains how scams work, and why it’s always a good practice to do research on events (or pages) like this before sharing it with your friends. After watching this video you will realize, or probably learn, why avoiding such pages or events is the best thing to do.