Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning consumers about scams related to the passing of former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Many of the scams claim that consumers are eligible to receive free Apple products.
Within hours of Jobs’ death, scammers began announcing that companies were giving away free Apple products ‘in memory of Steve Jobs’, and it’s just the beginning, warns BBB.
In a recent Facebook scam, the announcement read: “In memory of Steve, our company is giving away 50 iPads. R.I.P. Steve Jobs”. The ad instructed people to click on a link to get a free iPad. After clicking on the link, users were asked to complete an online survey that required personal information, an action that often leads to identity theft.
Scammers use fake product offers to get you to click on the links they contain for several purposes:
- To infect your computer with malware in order to obtain your personal information to steal your identity.
- To drive traffic to certain websites that pay the scammer a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised.
“Past experience tells us that con artists will invent more Steve Jobs offers, including fraudulent (more…)