Just last week, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and today we noticed a fake giveaway contest held on Facebook, which offers to give free Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets to users of the social networking site.
Fake Facebook pages like this are created by scammers in order to trick users to “like” or “Join” a contest and get them to enter personal and financial details. Users generally fall for such tricks and end up giving their credentials, which are then misused by the scammer.
The contest titled – “Get FREE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Limited Offer“, posted under “Public Event” is a fake event, which is run by a bunch of scammers who are trying to promote their Facebook page by forcefully asking users to “Join” and “Invite Friends” to the Page.
According to the Page, if a user invites 50 friends, then he/she is entitled to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The highest offer is being made to users who invite 500 friends, who will stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Invite 50Friends = Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Invite 100Friends = Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Invite 200Friends = Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Invite 500Friends = Samsung Galaxy Note + Tab 10.1
The user is also asked to post a message – “Great :D Thanks Samsung !” on their Facebook Timeline. Once done, in the final step, users are directed to a fake page – samsung.com-reward.us, where a bunch of ads are displayed. DO NOT confuse yourself with the domain name mentioned above. It may appear like the official Samsung website, but it is not.
Please be aware that this is a fake contest and none of the mentioned things are true. You will NOT WIN any of the Samsung products by completing the mentioned steps or tasks.
At the time of writing this post, there were 29,613 users invited to “Join” the contest, out of which 720 users had already confirmed. The number is gradually increasing, indicating the number of users falling for the trick.
This is a fake contest, which is trying to fool users. If you’re invited to “attend” this event (contest), then please ignore it. Completing the mentioned steps will yield you nothing. You can report it as a scam to the Facebook Security team by clicking here.
Avoiding scams isn’t an easy task on Facebook. We have compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.
I recommend you to go through the document released by Facebook called the Guide to Facebook Security. This 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. You may also be interested in reading on How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked.