Are Facebook iPhone 5 Giveaways a Scam?

Head over to Facebook or pay attention to the pop up ads on some websites and you’d think that Apple is forgoing a marketing campaign for the iPhone 5 in favor of giving it away to “iPhone testers” who only need top share their personal information and sign up for 5 special offers.

Why am I talking about free iPhone 5’s on Facebook? Because I care, and I don’t want you to waste your time on a scam that could take your personal information or tricks you into doing work for free.

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I Don't Like Free iPhone 5 'Offers'

You don’t have to take my word for it, Graham Cluley on the well-known Naked Security blog has the following to say about iPhone 5 giveaways on Facebook and other sites,

Repeat after me :-)


* There is no free iPhone

* There is no free iPad

These pages will try to convince you that clicking a bunch of links and or signing up for online trials will result in a free iPhone, but in reality, you’re just padding the pockets of whoever set up the page.

Yes, occasionally you will be able to get a free device, but it will come from a legit giveaway like the one we ran with Vonage last week, not from an unknown source on Facebook that asks you to jump through hoops.

Unless you already have a relationship with a legit website, I suggest you take Cluley’s advice and just say no to free iPhone 5 or free iPad offers.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


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