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Warning: Steve Jobs new scam

Nowadays it is a new scam circulating around the Internet, mostly on Facebook.

Do not click on any link that comes along with any message that claims to give away free iPhones, iPads in Steve Jobs memory. It is a scam!

Check this link out: “Free iPads in memory of Steve Jobs“, provided by Scameo a Facebook security blog.

The scam is most often distributed through Facebook. Usually, a friend in your contact list posts on his/her Wall that Apple is giving away for free 1000 iPhones, iPads as a commemoration for Steve Jobs. By pressing the provided link in the message the user will be taken to different websites where will be asked to take surveys and most notably could also get  malwares/viruses on his computer or being taken over his Facebook account. Note that you Facebook friend did not post the message by herself/himself, but the message was posted there through spam or a virus. Don’t blame you friend but simply ask him/her remove the post.

Advice:

-do not press any of these links, remember: no one is giving anything for free ever! This scam is not new at all, it happens all the time when a famous person or celebrity passes away.

-ask your Facebook friends that have posted on their wall such an announcement to remove it from their Wall. Do not comment on their wall but send them a private message to ask them remove the post, and this helps to keep you protected against viruses or to simply losing your time in lengthy and unpaid surveys.

This scam method is called hoax. Check here another Artcile provided by Reuturs: “Online scammers seek to profit from the death of Steve Jobs”

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  1. November 29, 2011 at 22:18

    Thanks for sharing that, I encounter that case but I never click the link. These scams are really irritating. I got multiple scams in may inbox and outbox. I wonder what will I do to get rid of those scam messages? Do you have an idea?

  2. Dan Manolescu
    November 30, 2011 at 06:29

    You are welcome. Thank you for your comment too.
    It depends to your email client. You can adjust your security settings to filter incoming messages. For example, any message that your email client does not recognize the sender of, will be automatically considered spam and send to the spam folder or deleted. Or, you can label some senders’ email addresses (based on the most frequent scam messages you have received) and your email client will delete them automatically. The most important is to not fall for those scams and keep yourself safe.

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