That Facebook Post Offering A Free iPhone X Is Probably A Scam

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That Facebook Post Offering A Free iPhone X Is Probably A Scam
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This seems to happen every time a new iPhone gets revealed and, yet, some people never seem to learn. You have probably seen this exact scam or a variation of it on Facebook and other social media platforms. A post will offer a free iPhone X in return for filling out a small survey or clicking a link. As with most things in life, if the chance of getting a free iPhone X sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Scammers capitalize on the insane amount of hype for new devices like the iPhone X to get people excited. This year it has become even easier to dupe people partially thanks to the price of the iPhone X. The chance to get a free iPhone X (normally $999 starting price) is enough to make some people click whatever link is presented to them.

There are a few different types of scams that use this “free iPhone X” formula. A scam called “fame farming” is probably the most innocent of the scams as it does nothing more than get people excited for no reason. What scammers will do in this situation is create a page that may look official. For example, they may have the Apple logo as their profile photo and use Apple’s marketing images when creating posts. The name of the page could be something official sounding like “iPhone X Official Fan Page” to help create that sense of trust among social media users. Then, they will make a post saying that they are giving away a number of free iPhone X devices for anyone who likes and shares the page. Once the number of likes reaches a certain amount, they will rebrand the page for another purpose or sell it to someone who wants a Facebook page with a large number of followers. Obviously, no iPhones are given away. You have surely seen this kind of scam in the form of free WalMart gift cards, free car giveaways, and other high end products.

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