Facebook CEO – Mark Zuckerberg is Giving Away Free iPad and iPhone

The rumor says, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is giving away free iPad and iPhone where only selected winners are contacted via email. Is it for real?

Hmmnn…well let’s see. If it is just a plain headline like the above and then a URL in the email ask you to click in order to redeem the prize, 100% even nuts can tell it is a phishing email. If you don’t, you should check out my post on how to investigate URL in details to prevent internet scam.


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So, what’s the story?

Here it go. The email says that Facebook had just formed a partnership with Apple and they are giving away free Apple products, the best selling one which are the iPad and iPhone.

Ohh wait…isn’t they are best selling? Is this some sort of a lose-lose marketing strategy? I’m not a big fan of neither the iPhone nor the iPad, but I am pretty sure those devices are selling like HOT CAKES! Every time I walked into a shop that sell these devices especially the iPhone, someone is going to approach me and say, “Sorry sir, we are out of stock at the moment” without me even go and ask, “Do you have the stupid iPhone?”

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Why are cyber scammers doing that…again?

In case you missed my posts on Facebook scam where I wrote on how to deal with fake Facebook email, all of these actions is to either earn some good money or to steal your identity. Both outcomes are not benefiting the victim.

However, this time around I have something to add on for this type of cyber attack. I had been into internet marketing for like 9 months and had tried many money making affiliate network.

In my journey of searching for a good CPA (Cost Per Action/Acquisition) network, I run into several type of advertisement where you advertise about free stuff especially free iPhones and you will earn a small commission for each sign up.

It is the same in this situation where if the victim sign up for the free iPhone, I believe the fake Mark Zuckerberg is going to earn some good money. If you really don’t want to fall into these type of attack, just join the IT Security Column Facebook page and I will keep you posted.

Until the next time, Stay secure!

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  1. Peter Lee from Computer How To Guide

    Congratulations on being one of the selected ones to receive the free iPhone4 and iPad2 Alan, don’t forget to let me try out your iPhone4 once you’ve received it ok? 🙂
    Gosh… I think many would fall for this Alan, what do you think?
    Peter Lee recently posted..Smartphones: The Battle of the Operating SystemsMy Profile

    • Alan Tay says:

      Well Peter, first sentence looks kind of real. Even I fell for it and do a Google on that 😛

      But yah, I do feel lots of people fell for that. Good thing is, I don’t think it will scam for lots of money per victim.

  2. Paul says:

    Well, all I could say is Facebook has became a home for cyber bullies and hackers. Good thing I didn’t received an email like that or else I have made my daughter cry for not giving it as a gift last Christmas LOL.
    Paul recently posted..Gmail Shortcuts You Can’t Live WithoutMy Profile

    • Alan Tay says:

      Haha Paul, I still don’t have kids but totally understand your situation. You could use some child monitoring software for your computer to protect your kids they are all still very young.

  3. Tan from good customer service skills

    If not mistaken, not long ago lady gaga announce to be giving away iPhone/iPad via twitter (account being hacked).
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  4. Toby Hanks says:

    I hate those types of messages.Every day I won something like congratulations click this bla bla you won 10.000. They are really annoying with that.

    • Alan Tay says:

      I hate those too. But there is nothing we can do. Probably you can try to use some Spam filter to filter those emails 😉

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