BEWARE: More Facebook Phishing Emails Circulate
Posted by Nickolay Lamm on January 10th, 2012 2:05 PM
Does Mark Zuckerberg have a special place in your heart? Do you like Apple?
Scammers are using the popularity of the Facebook chief executive officer and Apple in yet another phishing scheme via email claiming you are the lucky winner of an iPhone and iPad.
Do yourself a favor and delete any message you receive that says:
“My name is Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook. We have recently partnered up with Apple company for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away free Apple iPhones and iPads to randomly selected individuals who have been fortunate to be picked as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly selected users from our systems database and you have matched with our latest drawing”.
“We have partnered up with Apple to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple iPhone and iPad. Once again, we are running this campaign for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to check out our web site made for this promotion and fill out this short survey to get yours for free. Simply make sure you enter your email so we may locate our records to guarantee that we have reserved one for you. That is it!”
Clicking on the link within the email takes you to a survey which claims that you could win an iPhone 4S.
The incongruence between the promised iPhone and iPad, and the chance to win an iPhone 4S are beside the point. The probability of you actually receiving something from emails like this is zero. In this particular case, the survey takes you to a mobile phone service, which you can sign up for, from which the scammer earns a commission.
You may be thinking to yourself: Only careless people fall for these types of scams. After all, why would two of the most powerful companies like Facebook and Apple need to promote themselves through a giveaway promotion? Wouldn’t there be something in the news about this partnership?
You already know or at least suspect that emails like these are a scam. At the same time, we have a tendency to follow their commands. The Ponemon Institute and PC Tools proved that just because we suspect something is a scam, doesn’t mean we abstain from taking part in them. Sometimes we do impulsive things. Just try to resist them if you can. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.