Facebook scammers are still exploiting former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' death. Last week I reported they started taking advantage of the event mere hours after he died and now there are more showing up on the social network.
This latest version starts off with "In Memory of Steve Jobs" and then goes on to say there are free iPads, iPhones, or Macbooks to give away, followed by a link. There are obviously no free Apple products, as Sophos points out, but the scams claim otherwise:
In Memory of Steve Jobs, we're Giving Away 1000 iPad 2's To celebrate the life of Steve, we have decided to give away 1000 iPad 2's to honour Steve, who passed away earlier this week.
In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Limited Edition iPhones
In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Black Macbook
The link takes you a link to a webpage that encourages you to share the message with your Facebook friends. It adds the phrase "Thank you Steve," "Thank you Steve from (city)," or "RIP Steve," depending on whether you are hoping to get an iPad 2, limited edition iPhone, or black MacBook, respectively.
The webpage also explains that time is limited, and there are only a small number of free devices remaining. The hope is to fool you into rushing into the scam without thinking.
Scams trying to make money from Jobs' death will likely be around for the next few weeks, at least. Please stay away from them and try to limit your link-clicking to reputable websites that don't claim they will give you something for free.
The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.
As I've recommended before, if you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and unlike the page, the better. You can even contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.
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