Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'Free' iPad scam fooling Facebook friends

It's also happening on Twitter

Apple's popularity with the iPod and iPhone attracted a slew of scammers, and now the latest con involves a free iPad offer from a Facebook friend.

The scammers claim it's a special promotion, but once you sign up for the 'free' offer, consumers are usually asked to participate in an online quiz and provide their cell phone number so the results can be sent to your phone.

Instead, the scammers use your cell number to sign you up for a premium cell phone service, which can cost as much as $10 a week until you unsubscribe. Facebook is taking steps to block the hackers, but new iPad scams keep popping up. It's also happening on Twitter. Experts say you should never provide a cell phone number, because scammers can sign you up for services you don't want.

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