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iPad scam on Facebook


Where ever people congregate together, yes even in social networks and online communities, there will be scammers and unethical marketers. Here’s one – join the Facebook Fanpage and be given an iPad to test. I guess there are a number of differences today.

  • One is that when we are fools, taken in by the scam, a journogger (journalist that raids social media for linkbait stories) or some other party could go through the 335,000 fans and name and shame anyone he or she recognises – social media experts, politicians, other journalists. We no longer learn our lesson in private but very publicly. But this could be a good thing because…
  • … scams don’t last long. Have a read of those 679 comments. Anyone who takes two seconds will know not to become a Fan. By the time Facebook deletes the page, the community will have warned each other. Open communication triumphs private shame.

It’s actually a really good idea if you are looking to boost a page with a campaign competition. Short head of activity, big takeup, quick drop off. I’d join anything for an iPad 😛

more than the 100k of members they were looking for.

So I guess it’s a bit harder to scam the community when they are communicating amongst themselves. People are better protected when they are together, even when others are using those same tools to rort them. Amusing that social media sites are used to scam – and then to warn each other of the scam. Another case here. Irony, much?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

17 thoughts on “iPad scam on Facebook

  1. In a perfect world you would hope that people will listen to their peers, and act on the information. Alas a great deal of the Facebook crowd (as demonstrated by the recent Facebook login debacle on RWW) are not smart, nor are listening, nor read comments of others. It’s those people that these scams will always catch out.

    1. completely concur. You can tell people that it’s too good to be true yet they will still believe it. And when it’s not they will be mad at you for pointing it out, not mad because it was a scam. Nothing you can do about those people.
      disclaimer: I nearly joined the Fanpage (I want an iPad baaaad) but read the comments first….

  2. I’ve had something similar to this pop up in my suggestions box in facebook. A free iPad for 45 year old males. What a coincidence.? There’s an article about it on technologizer.com. All the stuff they want you to buy into would cost you more than the price of an iPad.

  3. I was referred to it by a friend – clicked on the 1st step to see what would happen (knowing it couldn’t suck the money out of my account with that click) and saw the details, checked out the linked site and admired the gall of the people who prey on the stupid and naive.

    Then I unfanned and reported it.

    My friend took a closer look and unfanned it as well.

    It is a clever scam as it is structured to be believable and preys on an emotional desire. It may not even be technically illegal in Australia as apparently they tell you it will cost you money.

    Cheers,

    Craig

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